Could You Benefit From a Dental Crown?
How our Charlottesville office can help rebuild your smile
All teeth are essential to oral health, function, and personal appearance. To avoid the extraction of a cracked, decayed, or otherwise compromised tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Here at our Charlottesville, VA, office Dr. Michael Tisdelle uses porcelain crowns to shore up failing or unattractive tooth structure so that you can keep all of your teeth and still have a healthy smile.
Why use porcelain?
Dr. Tisdelle typically uses medical-grade porcelain to create dental caps to restore teeth to full form and function. Porcelain is highly biocompatible, strong, realistic in both color and sheen, crowns made from the material may be placed anywhere in the mouth: front, back, or sides. They support bridgework, cover dental implants, and finish off root canal therapy.
To qualify for a crown...
You must have enough healthy tooth structure. To determine this, Dr. Tisdelle will examine your smile and X-ray your tooth. If the procedure is a go, he'll remove the decayed portions and any old fillings to shape the tooth to receive the crown. Oral impressions and specific instructions tell the dental lab how to create your crown.
To place the crown over your prepared tooth, your dentist uses a strong bonding cement. He carefully adjusts the new crown and the bite so that you feel comfortable as you use it. Additionally, you'll notice that your crown fits well between your other teeth and matches them in size, shape, and color.
Dental crown care
With consistent at-home hygiene and in-office care every six months (a comprehensive examination and cleaning), your dental crown should last at least ten years or even longer. A word of caution is in order, however. Avoid excessive wear-and-tear on your porcelain crown by wearing an acrylic bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth (this condition is called bruxism).
Join with your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, in keeping your smile strong, beautiful, and complete. Use a customized porcelain crown to repair a failing tooth and enjoy years of an improved smile. Call us today to get all the details: (434) 977-4101.