Crown Your Smile At Wylie Dental Care
- Posted on: May 15 2016
Selfies and family photo-shoots aren’t as amazing as they could be if you are missing a tooth – especially if it’s a front tooth. Chances are, you aren’t smiling much. And because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, it makes perfect sense to consider a dental crown as a long-term solution.
So, exactly what is a dental crown?
- Dental crowns are completely natural-looking and they are strong. A damaged tooth or a tooth that is off-color, oddly shaped or out of alignment can be entirely “capped” and strengthened with a crown.
- Crowns sit atop dental implants and provide natural shape and structure.
- Crowns are used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.
- Dental crowns are permanent. They are cemented onto your existing teeth and can only be removed by your dentist.
- If your “bite” (the alignment of your teeth) is off because of a missing tooth, a crown is the answer.
- Most crowns are made of porcelain or a ceramic material that is matched to the color of your natural teeth. Crowns may also be made of gold and metal alloys which are stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for the back teeth or molars.
- Before a crown can be made, the tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit properly. An impression of your mouth will be taken to provide an exact mold for the crown. If porcelain is used, your dentist will determine the correct shade to match the color of your existing teeth. Your crown will be made by a dental lab and a “temporary” crown will be placed while your permanent crown is being made.
- The most important thing you can do to ensure that your crown lasts a long time is to practice excellent oral hygiene.
- Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
- Avoid biting or chewing on hard foods.
Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Wylie to learn more about how you can improve your smile with a dental crown: (304) 845-2480.
Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry