If you have a broken or fractured tooth, then repair is crucial. Otherwise, the damage could expose sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay and other oral health complications. Often, we correct the issue with a custom-made crown. How does a crown fix a broken tooth?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
Question: How do you create one?
Answer: A dental crown only works when it closely mimics the size, shape, contour, and appearance of your healthy, natural tooth. Therefore, the first step to creating dental crowns is to take highly detailed measurements, images, and molds of the tooth and surrounding teeth. Then, a highly skilled technician will craft your restoration by hand according to these measurements, ensuring high-quality and lifelike results.
Question: Do they look natural?
Answer: Besides the high level of attention to detail, today’s dental crowns are often made from custom-designed porcelain, which closely matches the color and shade of your healthy tooth structure. Dental porcelain also blends in with your teeth by reflecting light the same way your healthy tooth enamel does.
Question: What issues can they address?
Answer: In addition to fixing broken teeth, dental crowns can also address a number of other conditions, including a tooth that has received root canal treatment or that has become severely blemished. By completely restoring the tooth’s structure, they can also improve teeth that seem too small, are chipped or fractured, or have received an especially large tooth filling.
Question: How do I ensure they last for a long time?
Answer: The best way to prolong the life of your dental crown is to take excellent care of it every day. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, and visit your dentist as often as recommended to ensure your teeth and restoration remain clean and healthy.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL CROWNS?
At Mai Dentistry, we can create and place lifelike restorations to improve the health and function of your smile. To learn more about our practice, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.