How a Crown can Strengthen Damaged Teeth
Are you in need of a dental crown? You may be wondering things like "Is this really necessary?" or "What exactly is the purpose of a crown?" Dr. Neil Blavin, your Novi, Michigan dentist at Briar Pointe Dentistry, has addressed these and other questions and concerns about dental crowns in this article.
What crowns do
Crowns provide a protective barrier around a tooth that has become too weak to withstand any further damage or dental work. The ultimate goal behind placing a crown is to keep the roots of the natural tooth intact and healthy. Crowns are made to look like natural teeth, so they can seamlessly fill in your smile.
How a crown is placed
Your Novi dentist will start the process by clearing away any decay that the targeted tooth may still have. The tooth may also need to be reshaped in order for the crown to fit properly. Once the tooth has been prepared, your Novi dentist may place a temporary crown until your permanent crown has been crafted by a laboratory. If the permanent crown is finished, it will be placed over the affected tooth and cemented into place. Dr. Blavin will check the crown to ensure a proper fit, and you'll be on your way with your newly-strengthened crown!
How to care for a crown
Taking care of a crown is, in many ways, similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help ensure that the tooth underneath it and the gum tissue surrounding it stays healthy. It's also important not to use the crown to chew excessively sticky or hard foods, which can break or dislodge it. Visits to your Novi dentist twice yearly for checkups will also help keep tabs on the crown's performance and structure. With proper care, crowns from Dr. Blavin can last a decade or more before needing repair or replacement.
If you think one or more of your teeth might benefit from a crown, give Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, Michigan a call today!