Posts for: February, 2015
Accidents happen. Whether crunching down on your lunch has caused a severe crack in your tooth or a serious dental infection has set in, there are a multitude of reasons why you may need to protect your tooth from further damage. Trauma and infections can weaken a natural tooth, making it prone to further damage. This is where getting a dental crown from your Alexandria, VA family dentist comes in.
About Dental Crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged and a normal dental filling isn’t enough, your Alexandria, VA dentist will often recommend a dental crown to strengthen your tooth once more. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that goes over the entire tooth to protect it against further damage. When a tooth is severely cracked, chipped, decayed or stained a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional protection.
Getting a Dental Crown
The first part of the process depends on the condition of your tooth. Root canal treatment may be necessary if you have an infection, and we will treat the infection before putting on the dental crown. If your tooth shows signs of decay, we will remove any cavities to make sure the tooth does not worsen under the crown. The mission is to make sure that your natural tooth is as healthy as possible before putting on the crown, so there are no complications.
Once the dental crown is created we will permanently cement it to your damaged tooth to restore it to its full function once again. This entire process usually takes two visits, unless otherwise noted by your Alexandria, VA family dentist. However, a temporary crown will make it easy for you to eat and speak comfortably until you get your permanent crown.
Caring for Dental Crowns
One of the added bonuses of getting dental crowns is that you don’t have to worry about treating it differently than you would natural teeth. Just continue to brush and floss daily to keep your smile healthy. While it’s true that dental crowns can’t develop cavities, it’s still possible for the rest of your smile including the neighboring teeth to develop decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s imperative that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you are dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth, you need to seek treatment from your Alexandria, VA family dentist at Gibberman Dental, Dr. Paul Gibberman, DDS. Preserve your smile for life!