What should you do if you crack or chip a tooth? Well, don’t panic! Give your Albuquerque, NM, dentist a call. We’ll talk about steps you can take to alleviate your discomfort, and then we can schedule a visit to repair your tooth. With our custom-made and lifelike dental crowns, we can address minor and severe injuries to your smile.
How Does a Crown Fix a Tooth?
If you damage a tooth, give us a call right away. In route to the office, you can use a cold compress against the side of your face to ease swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce discomfort, and of course, stem any bleeding with a piece of cloth or gauze.
When we see you, we will begin by removing a small amount of structure from the tooth. Next, we take detailed impressions of the tooth and use the images to design a dental crown. We will fit you with a temporary while we design your final one. When you return after one to two weeks, we will place a custom-made crown that fits comfortably and blends with your smile. We can use them to repair fractured or broken teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and even reshape malformed teeth or mask teeth stains. In addition, they provide solutions for decayed or infected teeth, and even help replace missing teeth by securing dental bridges and restoring single tooth dental implants.
What Do You Make Them From?
For the rear teeth, which must endure the most serious bite forces, we may opt for metal, such as nickel, chromium alloys, and gold. They offer the greatest strength and can absorb serious pressure. However, for a more lifelike appearance, we can combine metal with porcelain. With porcelain, we have a strong material that can absorb bite forces and also be shaded to match the color of your teeth. Porcelain contains stain-resistant properties and is also translucent, like natural tooth enamel. For the front facing teeth, we will use all-porcelain, ensuring the most lifelike appearance possible, and also an excellent repair option for those with metal allergies!
How Do You Maintain Them?
Routine care will keep them bright and protect them from infection or periodontal disease, which could threaten crowned teeth and natural ones alike. We suggest seeing us for regular checkups and cleanings, and taking time or brush and floss daily. If you have any questions about repairing smiles with a dental restoration, or if you have a damaged tooth, then contact our team today.
Does Your Smile Need Restorative Treatment?
Don’t ignore dental damage and allow a minor issue to cause serious complications. For more information on repairing smiles, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.