Did you know that when we repair a tooth with a custom-made crown, these restorations could last for many years to come, possibly even decades? What makes them last so long, and how do we create and place crowns that look natural and blend with your smile? Let’s learn more about the restorations your Albuquerque, NM, dentist offers.
When Do You Need One?
A dental crown provides more substantial restoration than a simple filling or dental bonding procedure. In fact, the completed restoration actually covers the entire visible portion of your smile, everything from the gum line up. Placement could help repair broken teeth, and address cracks and chips. We can help lengthen teeth that have been worn down by bruxism, or address misshapen or malformed teeth. They can mask permanent discoloration as well. If you have missing teeth, then we can use one or two to support a dental bridge, or even complete a single tooth dental implant, ensuring your new teeth match the rest of your smile.
Creating and Placing Crowns
Each one is custom-made, which ensures a comfortable fit and a restoration that can absorb bite forces and pressure. To begin, we remove structure from the tooth and then take a series of impressions and images, which will aid in the design and fabrication process. When the crown is complete, we will check the fit and if necessary, make any final adjustments. We then place it with a powerful bonding agent. We have a host of materials to create them from. For the rear teeth we may opt for metal, like gold or amalgam, which can absorb serious bite forces and pressures. For the more visible teeth, we usually recommend porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain is translucent like tooth enamel, and can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. The material is also stain-resistant and durable, able to withstand forces and pressure. With these materials, your smile will look completely natural.
Ensuring They Last for Many Years to Come
The teeth we attach them to are still vulnerable to oral health concerns like gum disease, decay, or infection. Which means making them last for decades to come requires routine care. You should brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before bed, and also floss before going to sleep as well. Try to eat fewer sugary foods and drinks, which could feed harmful bacteria. Finally, make time to see our team every six months, so we can monitor your smile with a checkup and remove plaque and tartar with a cleaning.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We can help return your teeth to optimal heath, function, and yes, beauty. For more information on our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.