Dental crowns offer a simple way to protect your smile if you have damaged teeth. Your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, and Dr. Malea M. Rogness, can help you improve the function and appearance of your teeth with crowns.
Why are dental crowns needed?
Your teeth are designed to withstand years of chewing, but they aren't indestructible. They can be damaged if you experience a blow to your face during a fall or accident, or if a stray elbow or knee connects with your mouth when you're playing your favorite sport.
Tooth trauma can cause breaks or fractures in teeth. If your tooth has been damaged, you may experience:
- Pain if the broken area of the tooth is exposed to the air
- Difficulty chewing and biting
- Lacerations to your gums, lips, or tongue from the broken edges of teeth
- A change in the appearance of your smile
Cracks in teeth are another sign of damage. They can develop after trauma or may occur if you grind your teeth at night. In some cases, you may notice pain in a tooth if you have a crack, but cracks don't always cause noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately, a crack can turn into a break in a second if your tooth isn't protected.
Your risk of a break or fracture increases if your teeth or brittle or crumbling. Brittle teeth can be inherited, while crumbling can occur due to aging, dental treatments, medication side effects, advanced gum disease, or osteoporosis.
How can dental crowns help?
If your tooth is broken, fractured, cracked or fragile, your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentist may recommend a dental crown to strengthen, protect or restore the tooth. Dental crowns cover the top of your tooth completely and are made with a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin.
Crowns restore the normal appearance and function of broken teeth and prevent cracked or fragile teeth from breaking. When you take a bite, biting forces are distributed evenly over the surface of your crown, protecting the tooth underneath.
Before you receive your crown, your dentist will use a drill to make the tooth a little smaller. This step ensures a perfect fit for your crown. In some cases, your dentist may need to build up the tooth rather than decrease its size.
During your visit, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. The impression will help dental laboratory technicians create a natural-looking crown. You'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks and return to the dental office for placement of your permanent crown.
Do you have a damaged or fragile tooth? Call your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley and Dr. Malea M. Rogness, at (262) 251-6555 to schedule an appointment.