Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. If Dr. Firlik notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a filling or bonding might not be sufficient. Instead, a crown might be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. Additionally, crowns can help you recover a beautiful smile.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are recommended to:
A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Dr. Firlik may recommend a dental crown to restore the function and appearance of a weakened tooth. A dental crown can save a tooth that’s been weakened by trauma or decay..,or, if you have severely stained or discolored teeth, porcelain crowns are a perfect way to a beautiful smile.
Dental Crown Procedure
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. To match the natural look, shade, and feel of your other teeth, a porcelain-finished crown is your best option for an anterior crown; anterior teeth are those in the “smile zone,” the teeth people see when you smile.
The process of installing a crown takes two to three visits to Dr. Firlik’s office. During the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by contouring down the enamel so that a crown can be placed over it. You will receive local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort or pain. After the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where a new crown will be made. Before leaving the office, Dr. Firlik will fit you with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready for you.
The new crown will be available in about two to three weeks. At that time, you will see Dr. Firlik to place and fit the permanent crown. During this visit you will have a local anesthetic so that you will not experience any discomfort or pain. Your new crown will be placed using a special adhesive that ensures that it seats permanently. The new tooth will fit well and look like the surrounding teeth. And when you look in the mirror, you will see your original, beautiful smile - maybe even better than your original smile!
Crowns are durable and usually will last about 10-15 years.
How to Care for Dental Crowns
You should care for your crown(s) as you would your other teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Dr. Firlik recommends that you also floss once daily to remove plaque hiding in between teeth.
Plaque will hide where toothbrush bristles cannot reach, which is why it’s important to invest in your oral health every day by practicing good dental hygiene. To maintain a healthy smile, you will need to schedule a teeth cleaning and oral examination every six months so we can monitor the condition of your tooth crown.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Firlik is ready to help you restore your smile with great fitting and esthetically pleasing crown(s) to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
To request an appointment, call Firlik Family Dentistry at (616) 361-0603.
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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