Am I a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
One of the best things about having beautifully white teeth is the ability to smile without anxiety everywhere you go. When your teeth have cracks, large fillings, a lot of decay, are poorly positioned or have deep stains, you may hide your smile and your personality. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry procedure that we offer here in Rockville Maryland to any patient who wants to be able to chew and smile freely again. Read on to learn if you could be a candidate for dental crowns and dental treatment.
Who Needs Dental Crowns?
A candidate for dental crowns is someone who has:
- Broken teeth or cracked teeth that are not so bad that they should be removed.
- Large dental fillings that cannot be made to look natural.
- Damage from tooth decay that cannot be filled in a way that looks natural.
- Missing teeth.
- Dental issues and dental damage.
- Root canal therapy that has damaged the structural integrity of the tooth.
- Other cosmetic issues like deep stains.
- Poorly Positioned Teeth
Dental crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth. A lab that we partner with can make your crown match the shape, size, color, and even the texture of your natural teeth. It simply slips over the offending tooth and hides it from the gum down. Our crowns are never made of metal or any silver or gold metals.
Why do I need a Crown after a Root Canal?
Back Molars and Premolars often need crowns after root canal treatment, whereas, front teeth do not. Why you ask? Back teeth have extreme biting force when chewing so getting a crown over top of the tooth helps prevent the tooth from breaking when chewing. We often see patients who had root canal treatment on a molar and never had the tooth crowned. Within months the tooth can break leading to extraction.
Additionally, when performing root canal therapy on a molar a medium size hole is created in the middle of the tooth. With a hole in the middle the rest of the tooth is left with thin walls that can crack and break upon large biting forces.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
When you visit your cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Norkiewicz, in Rockville MD, we will first determine if you are a good candidate for dental crowns. Then we schedule the two appointments required for a dental crowns procedure.
Your dental crowns specialist will clean your tooth and take impressions for the crown. Then a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while the permanent is being made. When that crown is ready, you return to our dental office in Rockville Maryland and have it bonded into place with a permanent adhesive. With the proper care, your dental crowns should last for 20-30 years.
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Learn More from Your Dentist in Rockville
To learn if you could be a candidate for dental crowns, call our Rockville office at 301-424-2030, or contact us on our contact page.
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