How Dental Crowns Protect Your Teeth
By Avenue Dental Group
May 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Having teeth you love benefits you both physically and psychologically. If you have worn-down or weakened teeth, dental crowns can dental crownshelp protect and stabilize them. Crowns also preserve the natural tooth’s structure in cases of extreme decay or trauma. Learn more about how crowns protect your teeth with help from your Menomonee Falls, WI dentist at Avenue Dental Group.

What are dental crowns? 
Crowns are a dental restoration offered by your Menomonee Falls, WI dentist. Crowns are made from porcelain and fit over the top and around the sides of a tooth. A crown restores the biting surface of the tooth, making eating and chewing less difficult. A crown may also preserve a tooth facing the prospect of an extraction. A dental laboratory customizes your dental crown specifically for you based on a mold of your mouth. Aesthetically, a dental crown looks just like a natural tooth and is even color-matched to match the surrounding teeth so it blends in flawlessly.

What can dental crowns do for me? 
Dental crowns are diverse and used in several situations. Crowns can accomplish many things, including:

  • strengthen a weakened tooth
  • preserve a tooth with a large filling
  • protect a tooth weakened by root canal therapy
  • change the appearance of a misshapen or stained tooth
  • cover a dental implant, which replaces a missing tooth’s root
  • secure a dental bridge in place

Though crowns can help change the appearance of your teeth, they cannot take the place of necessary orthodontic procedures to straighten your teeth or improve your bite. Consult with your dentist to ensure that crowns are your best option.

The Procedure
The procedure for dental crowns begins with preparing the tooth. This process involves molding a tooth into the correct shape to fit exactly inside of the crown itself. This ensures a solid bond between the crown and natural tooth and helps keep the crown in place. After tooth preparation, you may need to wear a temporary dental crown until the dental laboratory finishes your permanent restoration. In this case, your dentist attaches the permanent crown to your tooth at a second appointment.

For more information on dental crowns and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Brian A. Stark, DDS and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, DDS at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI. Call (262) 251-6555 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination today!