Rebuild and beautify–those are the two important functions of a dental crown in Centerville. Skillfully placed by Dr. Daniel Passidomo, dentist in Centerville, this tried and true dental restoration is a great alternative to tooth extraction. Dr. Passidomo has placed many dental crowns, and he keeps current on all the latest techniques and trends in modern dentistry. So you know his work will bring your mouth back to full function, health and aesthetics. Here’s some information on dental crowns and how they may help your smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or cover which protects a tooth compromised by decay, abscess, congenital malformation or oral injury. Made from gold, porcelain fused to metal or all-porcelain, the dental crown also may anchor fixed bridgework, cover a dental implant, or restore a tooth which has undergone root canal therapy.
How Do I Get A Dental Crown?
Typically, Dr. Passidomo need two dental appointments to place a crown. At the first visit, he examines the patient’s teeth and gums and takes X-rays of the tooth in question. If restoration with a crown is appropriate, he will numb the area and then remove the old filling material and decay from the tooth. He shapes the healthy tooth structure to receive the crown and places a temporary restoration.
Also, the dentist takes an oral impression to send to an outside dental lab. The lab technician uses the impression and Dr. Passidomo’s treatment plan to fashion the restoration. The technician takes care to make the size, shape and color (in the case of porcelain crowns) just right for the patient’s mouth.
On the return visit to the dental office, the dentist removes the temporary and bonds the new crown in place. He takes great care to ensure comfortable fit and proper bite.
What About A Crown and Bridge Combo?
The dentist may use two dental crowns to anchor a tooth replacement option called fixed bridgework. Bridges span smile gaps left by one, two or more teeth in a row. The dentist bonds a crown to one tooth on either side of the gap to support the artificial teeth in between. This kind of restoration has successfully restored smiles for decades.
How Do I Care For My Crown?
Crowns last for ten years or more. They feel natural, function well and are maintained with twice daily brushing, once a day flossing and six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Passidomo and his professional team. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may consider wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your natural teeth and your crown from undue stress and pressure.
Don’t Extract It. Crown It!
See if a dental crown would restore your compromised tooth. To arrange a restorative dentistry consultation, contact Daniel J. Passidomo DMD for an appointment. Bring your questions and concerns, and Dr. Passidomo will be more than happy to give you all the details