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By Rochester Dental
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are one of today's most reliable and versatile restorations. If you have a tooth that is compromised due to decay or injury, dental crownsyour Troy dentist may recommend a crown. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey recommend dental crowns as a great alternative to tooth extraction, to support fixed bridgework and to restore dental implants, the premier options for replacing missing teeth. Do you qualify for a dental crown?

The details on dental crowns

Say, for example, you are struck in the mouth during a softball game, and your front tooth cracks. You save the fragments and go to Rochester Dental for treatment. Upon examination and X-rays, Dr. Halsey or Dr. Carmody determines that the tooth can be saved if it is protected with a crown.

What does a crown look like? It looks just like a natural tooth and covers remaining tooth structure from the top to gum line. Made from porcelain fused to metal (PFM), all-porcelain or a strong ceramic material, your crown supplies the strength and aesthetics that your broken tooth lacks.

The crown procedure

Your Troy dentist reshapes the remaining tooth structure by removing fractured enamel and any filling material. If needed, they perform root canal therapy. The tooth is covered with a temporary filling or crown while it heals. Not every crown placement requires a root canal procedure.

Then, to craft a crown with just the right shape, color and bite for your mouth, Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey takes oral impressions and sends them, along with detailed instructions to a trusted dental lab. A skilled technician uses this information to custom-fabricate the crown.

On a return visit to Rochester Dental, your dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent one in place. Careful adjustments are made to the shape of the crown so it bites together perfectly with the opposite arch of teeth.

The versatility and reliability of dental crowns

The professional team at Rochester Dental also uses dental crowns to anchor fixed bridgework. Bridges are a traditional dental prosthetic used to replace one, two or more consecutive teeth. The artificial teeth are attached to neighboring natural, or abutment, teeth via crowns. Additionally, crowns are the finishing touch on dental implants which are anchored into the patient's jaw bone.

Finally, your new crown can last many years with proper care. Simply floss around it daily and brush twice daily just as you do your other teeth. And, of course, get your six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Rochester Dental to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Find out more

If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, please don't wait. Contact Rochester Dental today for a restorative dentistry consultation. A dental crown could be just what your smile needs to stay strong and beautiful. Call (248) 528-0700 for an appointment.