Dental crowns are one of the most common treatments for teeth that are in some way imperfect. Crowns are small caps that cover the tops of your natural teeth in order to improve either their appearance or functionality. Crowns are most often constructed of porcelain or metal — with the location of the tooth often dictating which material is better — and are made to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Throughout his career, Dr. Emmanuel Puddicombe has expertly restored healthy, beautiful smiles for his patients with the help of dental crowns.
Dental Crowns Benefits
Dental crowns serve multiple purposes, both cosmetic and restorative in nature. They can:
- Bolster a decaying or otherwise weakened tooth
- Improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or has an abnormal shape
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Fit over a dental implant post
- Ensure that a cracked tooth stays intact
Dental Crown Procedure Details
Obtaining a crown requires two separate appointments at Family Dentistry of Lyons. In your first visit, Dr. Puddicombe will reshape your tooth so that a crown can fit over it. Your tooth will be numbed so you do not experience pain during this process. Once the tooth is prepared, he will create a mold of it to send to a laboratory. The lab will create a crown that perfectly fits over your tooth; Dr. Puddicombe will specify the shade of the crown so that it matches the color of your natural teeth.
It will take a few weeks for the crown to be ready. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown that Dr. Puddicombe attaches to your tooth with a light dental adhesive to keep your smile looking normal in the interim. Once the permanent crown has arrived, you will return to Family Dentistry of Lyons and Dr. Puddicombe will check that the crown fits properly and does not obstruct your biting motion. This time, he will use a robust dental cement to attach it to your tooth indefinitely.
Caring for Your Crowns
Treat your crowns like you do your other teeth, which means brushing and flossing every day. You may want to use a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, especially in the days immediately after receiving your crown.
Crowns can successfully remain in your mouth for close to a decade before needing replacement. The best way to ensure they stay in place for as long as possible is to be mindful of chewing on excessively hard food and objects. When you put undue pressure on your crowns by chewing on your nails, pens or ice cubes, it can loosen the crowns and threaten their longevity.
Speak to Dr. Puddicombe about Crowns
There is no doubt that getting a crown beats having to put up with a broken or flawed tooth that detracts from your smile. If you think you could benefit from a crown, schedule an appointment with Dr. Puddicombe by calling (315) 946-4656. At your examination, he will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental crowns.