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By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
July 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Crowns offered by your Brighton, MI, dentists, Dr. Brian Petersburg, and Dr. Brian Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry, protect and strengthen damaged or fragile teeth. Restorations can help you avoid broken teeth or even prevent tooth loss in some cases.

The benefits of dental crowns

A cracked tree branch is bound to break sooner or later. A minor gust of wind may one day send the branch plummeting to the ground. The same is true of teeth that are cracked or weak. Your tooth may seem fine for a little while, only to break when you take a bite of a sandwich.

Adding a crown to the tooth prevents it from breaking. When you bite and chew, the surface of the crown absorbs biting forces, keeping your tooth safe. Crowns are hollow restorations that fit over the top of teeth. They're cemented to your tooth once your dentist reduces the size of the tooth slightly. Crowns are made of durable materials that look just like tooth enamel, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.

Crowns can help you:

  • Prevent Breaks: Once your crown is in place, you'll no longer have to worry about your cracked or fragile tooth breaking. Depending on how the tooth breaks, you may be at risk of losing your tooth if you don't protect it with a dental crown. If a break extends into the root, the only option may be tooth extraction (removal).
  • Restore Broken Teeth: If you already have broken teeth, your Brighton, MI, dentists can use dental crowns to restore the normal appearance of your tooth.
  • Avoid Pain: Exposing the ends of broken teeth to the air can be very painful, unfortunately, that happens every time you open your mouth. Covering the tooth with a crown ends your pain.
  • Making Chewing and Biting Easier: Whether you're worried about a cracked tooth breaking or you've already broken a tooth, chewing can be difficult when your tooth is damaged. Adding a crown gives you peace of mind if you have a cracked or fragile tooth and restores the chewing surfaces of broken teeth.

Protect your teeth with dental crowns! Call your dentists in Brighton, MI, Dr. Petersburg and Dr. Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry, at (810) 227-4224 to schedule an appointment.

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
September 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Having one or more damaged teeth could be detrimental to your oral health and abilities if left untreated. Regular activities such as eating your favorite foods, socializing, and smiling would be a challenge. Among the most common ways our dentists, Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva, here at Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, save damaged teeth is through dental crowns. Here’s what you need to know about them.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers your tooth to bring back its strength, size, shape, or to enhance its appearance. When your crown is cemented into position, it covers the visible part of your tooth over the gum line. It also looks like your real teeth.

Why Might You Need a Dental Crown?

You may need a dental crown to:

  • Repair a broken or badly worn down tooth.
  • Provide protection for a weakened or decaying tooth.
  • Protect a cracked tooth.
  • Fix a dental bridge in place.
  • Cover irregularly shaped or discolored teeth.
  • Conceal a dental implant.
  • Cover and sustain a tooth that has a lot of filling if there isn’t much tooth structure remaining.

What are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns can be made from metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, each with varying costs. Your dentist in Brighton, MI, will be the one to decide which material will be used for your dental crowns.

What is Involved in The Procedure?

It normally takes two dental appointments for the entire dental crown procedure. During the first appointment, your dentist will alter and reshape your tooth so that the crown fits well. An impression of your tooth that needs a dental crown will likewise be made. You will be required to wear a temporary crown before getting your permanent one. The second visit is when your permanent dental crown will be cemented onto your tooth. Your dentist will make the necessary adjustments to ensure that it is secured in place.

Need More Details on Dental Crowns? Contact Us

Dial (810) 227-4224 to reach Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, and arrange a visit with Dr. Brian Petersburg or Dr. Brian Giammalva.

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
February 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Need dental work? If so, Drs. Brian Petersburg and Brian Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, provide patients with dental crowns to hide unappealing teeth and reinforce weakened teeth. Read on to learn if this treatment is right for you.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are made of a strong porcelain material. They look like natural teeth and are actually cap-like, so they fit or are placed over natural teeth. Your Brighton dentist uses different types of crowns, but that depends on you and your dental needs.

What Type of Crowns Are There?

  • Ceramic Dental Crowns are porcelain-based dental crowns used to restore teeth because of their natural color and texture. They are blend in well with natural teeth because they're custom-made and provide reinforcement.
  • Porcelain-Fused to Metal Dental Crowns provide natural-looking teeth and the metal structure is durable. Some tooth is removed to successfully place this type of crown.

Benefits and Advantages of Crowns

Crowns protect weak teeth that have suffered from breakage, cracking, fracture, or extreme decay. They restore broken or worn down teeth, and prevent loose fillings from becoming completely dislodged.

Your dentist also uses crowns to cover discolored, stained and misshapen teeth. Crowns are also used in other procedures like bridgework and dental implants.

How to Properly Care for Crowns

Crowns provide more than just an aesthetically-pleasing smile and are crucial for patients of all ages. The best way to care for your crowns is to brush daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss every day, especially under the gums. Proper oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for annual checkups and professional oral cleanings. These are key preventative measures to prevent already-existing oral diseases from spreading and prevent new ones from ever developing.

Do You Need a Consultation?

Make sure you speak with Drs. Brian Petersburg and Brian Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, about dental crowns and how they can help your smile by calling them at (810) 227-4224 today!

By Brighton Family Dentistry
November 17, 2017
Category: Dental

If you seriously damage a tooth, is extraction unavoidable? For the right answer, consult the experts at Brighton Family Dentistry. Dr. Brian dental crownsPetersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa offer Brighton, MI dental crowns which cover and protect ailing teeth above the gum line. Discover the many benefits of these reliable and durable restorations.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Appropriate for teeth with deep decay, dental abscess, damage from oral trauma and more, dental crowns normalize appearance and facilitate functions such as biting, chewing and speaking.

To qualify you for a dental crown, your dentist at Brighton Family Dentistry carefully inspects your tooth and surrounding gums. He or she X-rays the site, removes the damaged portions of the tooth and if needed, performs root canal therapy if the interior pulp has been compromised by infection.

Then, the dentist shapes the remaining healthy enamel to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan tell the dental lab how to precisely craft your restoration. After the crown returns from the lab, your dentist permanently cements it in place, adjusting if for accurate fit and bite.

Benefits of your new crown

The American College of Prosthodontists states that the single-tooth crown is dentistry's most frequently placed restoration. Why is it so popular? Well, dentists would rather crown a tooth than extract it because of the many deleterious effects of tooth loss. Smile gaps are unattractive, lead to bone and gum recession and weaken neighboring teeth.

Also, a dental crown is very versatile. It can cover a damaged, stained or congenitally misshapen tooth, or, used in multiples, can support fixed bridgework composed of one, two or more adjoining artificial teeth. Finally, custom-made crowns cover dental implants, today's strongest, most natural and longest lasting tooth replacements.

One of the best benefits of dental crowns is their longevity. With twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as recommended by the American Dental Association, crowns last ten years or beyond.

Do you need a crown?

If you do, your dental team at Brighton Family Dentistry will deliver a realistic, durable one. For a restorative dentistry consultation in Brighton, MI, please contact the office at (810) 227-4224.