Damaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Dr. Cynthia Garner offers her patients dental crowns at her Mount Pleasant, SC, office to mask and protect unsightly teeth.
Dental Crowns in Mount Pleasant
A dental crown is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Unlike veneers, however, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can even be used to replace a missing tooth when your dentist places a dental bridge over your gums.
There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:
Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin preparing the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth so it fits under the crown. If there isn't very much natural tooth to begin with, your dentist will use a filling material to build up whatever exists of the natural tooth.
A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. The impressions are taken digitally or with the use of a putty-like material and are used as a guide so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a specific type of cement or resin.
Improve your dental care by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once before bed. In addition to maintaining a healthy oral regimen, make sure to visit your dentist twice a year for your bi-annual examination, and dental cleaning.
Besides making your smile more aesthetically pleasing, crowns have other advantages:
- They're used to cover restorative procedures such as root canals and dental implants.
- Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.
- They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore improving your bite and capability to chew.
If you have any questions or concerns, call Dr. Cynthia Garner at her Mount Pleasant, SC, office today!