When you have severely cracked, damaged, or decayed teeth, you are at risk for developing even more dental concerns the longer you wait to be seen by a professional dentist. We recommend reporting any dental damages to your dentist as soon as you become aware of them.
At Clinton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide advanced solutions for complex dental concerns including extensive dental damages. Usually, we can cosmetically and functionally replace a damaged tooth using a dental crown.
Dental Crowns in Clinton, NC
Dr. Oquejiofor provides restorative dentistry for patients that need to improve the function of their teeth. He is prepared to help patients of all ages treat their dental concerns, including complex concerns like extensively damaged teeth. Severely chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth cause a lot of problems within your smile. With dental crowns, our doctors may be able to save the underlying structure of your natural tooth while still replacing the exterior of the tooth.
What To Expect
Dental crowns require significant enamel removal to make space for the restoration. Your doctor will ensure you do not experience any pain or discomfort by utilizing a local anesthetic on and around your affected tooth. Once numbed, your doctor will begin sizing down the remaining external structure of the damaged or decayed tooth. It will be shaped down to a foundational core which will be used to support the dental crown.
Once the tooth preparation is complete, a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth until your permanent dental crown is complete. In a few weeks, we will call you back to our office for the permanent placement of your dental crown. Using dental cement, the dental crown will be firmly secured to the foundational core of your natural tooth, allowing you to cosmetically and functionally replace a severely damaged tooth without requiring a complete tooth extraction.
Dental Crowns FAQs
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is dental restoration that is used to stabilize a damaged tooth. The tooth is reduced and the crown is placed over it, completely encasing it. It is often referred to as a ‘cap’. Crowns are custom made from dental impressions so they will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
A dental crown will help strengthen a tooth after it has been damaged. This will help prevent further damage to the tooth. A crown will look and function just like a natural tooth.
What else are dental crowns used for?
Dentists use dental crowns for various reasons. In addition to restoring a damaged tooth, a crown can also hold a dental bridge in place, cover a misshapen tooth, whiten a discolored tooth, support a tooth after a root canal, and used to replace a single tooth with a dental implant.
How long does a dental crown last?
On average, a dental crown can last between five and fifteen years. The better you care for it, the longer the crown will last. Things you can do to extend the life of your dental restoration is avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, biting your fingernails, use your teeth to open packages, and wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth.
How many times can you replace a crown on a tooth?
As long as the crown is in good condition, you can replace it as many times as you choose. We can easily remove it in this situation and build a new one without hurting the underlying tooth structure.
How do dentists remove crowns?
The adhesive seal is softly broken by moving the crown to remove it. As the crown is removed, the remaining cement breaks down and releases. In general, it can be more difficult to remove definitively cast and cemented crowns.
Can a crown fall off?
There are a variety of reasons crowns may become loosened and eventually fall off. There may be an issue with the crown or itself. In some cases, issues with the tooth beneath the crown could result in it coming off. An injury or biting down on hard food are two examples of external events that might cause a crown to become loosened or break.
If you have recently suffered from dental damages, please schedule an appointment with Clinton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We will evaluate your dental damages and offer you a treatment plan that best meets your needs. Our team looks forward to helping you restore your smile in our Clinton, NC dentist office.