When a tooth develops a cavity, we may recommend a filling. But what happens if your tooth develops a much more serious injury, or an oral health concern that could eventually lead to tooth loss? In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist looks at how we design and create lifelike and long-lasting porcelain crowns.
When Do I Need a Crown?
While a dental filling targets a specific portion of the tooth, a crown covers the entire visible portion, from the gum line up. Which means we can employ them to correct a number of cosmetic and restorative concerns. For example, we can repair cracked, chipped, and worn-down teeth. Restoration placement also closes unsightly gaps between teeth, and corrects issues with the shape of the teeth too. We mask permanent teeth stains, and for those with missing teeth, we can anchor a dental bridge in place and restore a single tooth dental implant.
The Strength of Porcelain
Porcelain is a very strong material, one that can absorb daily bite forces and provide a durable and dependable chewing surface. The restoration itself can last for decades too! The material also reflects the translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel, and can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding teeth. As a result, your restoration can blend seamlessly with your smile while providing repairs that last for decades to come.
Creating and Placing Your New Crown
To create one, we start by examining your smile to uncover the cause and extent of your oral health issues. If we decide you need a full restoration, then we will remove structure from the tooth and then take a detailed impression. The impression enables our team to design and fabricate the finished product from lifelike porcelain. When complete, you will return for the second visit so we can place it with a powerful bonding agent. Remember, to keep it strong and bright and to protect the tooth it is attached to, you need to maintain regular care. For example, be sure you brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before going to bed. Floss nightly before bed too, and make time to see us for checkups and cleanings too. Together, we can keep your smile whole, healthy, and beautiful! If you have any questions about restoring smiles, then contact our team today to learn more or schedule your next consultation.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Treatment?
We don’t want issues like injury or tooth decay to cause issues with the health and appearance of your smile. To learn more about our approach to repairing and restoring smiles, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.