Crowns are Common and Critically Important
One of the most common dental procedures is the placement of a dental crown. Columbia Dental Care & Associates is a family dentist office in Kissimmee, FL, where we place crowns for patients to repair many types of tooth and mouth problems.
Crowns are a fixed prosthetic restoration that restores a damaged tooth to its original size and shape. At our family dentist office in Kissimmee, we place crowns on teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracked, or damaged in some other manner.
Perhaps the most common application for a crown is to protect a tooth that has been damaged by decay. After the dentist drills the tooth and removes the decay, there are two options for repairing the tooth. The cavity, or space where the tooth was drilled, can be repaired with an amalgam or composite filling. Fillings have been used for decades to repair teeth, but fillings deteriorate over time and often need to be replaced.
The other solution is a crown. After a cavity is removed at our family dentist office in Kissimmee, the dentist takes an impression. The impression is used to fabricate the crown. When the fabrication is complete, the crown is cemented to the top of the damaged tooth to protect it from further decay.
Crowns don’t just protect teeth that have been affected by decay. Crowns also restore broken teeth, prevent cracked teeth from breaking more, and protect weak teeth. Crowns can also be used to hold the ends bridges in place.
Because crowns are made from a composite material, the material can be colored to match existing teeth. In most cases, the top portion of the crown looks just like a natural tooth and doesn’t look odd or stand out from the patient’s adjacent teeth.
Durable and strong, crowns can last for decades and are designed to stand up to the trauma of chewing. Although not recommended, most patients can chew ice, nuts, hard candy, and other objects that may have been painful to chew before the crown was placed.
A crown is not a solution for every tooth problem but it may be a solution for yours. Call Columbia Dental Care & Associates today at 407.606.8454 to schedule a consultation at our family dentist office in Kissimmee, or visit us online at https://mycolumbiadental.com/ for more information.