When a tooth is damaged or suffers from decay too advanced for a filling, we can still offer treatment with a custom restoration. To return the tooth to optimal health, function, and beauty, we could place a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about crafting and placing a crown.
The Reasons for a Custom Restorations
A dental crown is a full restoration that covers the entirety of a tooth’s outer structure. For that reason, we can use them to address a variety of cosmetic and restorative concerns. For example, treating tooth decay too advanced for a filling, or completing a root canal to treat an infected tooth. We could also use them to improve bite balance and chewing function, or to repair crack, chipped, or worn-down teeth. They even aid in tooth replacement! In as little as two visits, we can offer a restoration and even a lifelike appearance.
Creating and Placing Them
To begin, we will numb the tooth and then remove structure from it. Next, we take detailed digital images of the tooth and use them to design and craft a new restoration. When possible, we use materials like ceramic or zirconia, which can be shaded to blend with the teeth and still offer a durable chewing surface. When the restoration is ready, you return to the office so we can check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and then attach it with a powerful bonding agent. In two visits, we can return your tooth to full function, health, and beauty.
If you have minor tooth loss, we can use them to aid in tooth replacement too! For example, we can use one to two to support a dental bridge. This is a prosthetic with new teeth and crowns attached to each smile, with the crowns being secured to the teeth on either side of the gap. This can address between and three missing teeth in a row. For those receiving an individual dental implant, we can insert the new implant into the jaw, and then connect a crown to it with an abutment. Again, we take steps to ensure they look natural, fit comfortably, and keep your bite properly balanced to avoid worsening symptoms and pain.
If you have any questions about how we create and secure one or more lifelike restorations, the contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We’re ready to help you avoid the onset of serious restorative issue. If you have any questions about repairing your smile, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.