Despite the fact that it is the hardest tissue in the body, our tooth enamel can still be damaged through injury or tooth decay. When this happens, the person should visit their dentist so he or she can decide if the tooth can be saved and how much of the natural structure can be salvaged. A dental crown can be used to both save a damaged tooth and also restore it so that it is safe to bite and chew with. Crowns are usually recommended in instances where a dental filling cannot replace enough of the tooth enamel to restore the tooth.
Crowns are custom-made caps used by dentists to cover your damaged tooth from the chewing surface down to the gum line. Dr. Harry McCool of Lilburn, GA can create and place crowns for his patients for both medical and cosmetic purposes. While you’ve probably heard of dental crowns, you may not be fully aware of how they can help your damaged teeth look and function better.
At our Lilburn, GA dental practice, Dr. McCool wants his patients to understand the treatment options available to them and their advantages. Dr. McCool can create dental crowns for his patients in a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, or resin. However, for the most natural look and feel, porcelain dental crowns are usually recommended, as they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and simple to permanently attach. Dr. McCool would like his patients to understand the benefits of dental crowns and how they can help save your teeth from damage and decay.
Crowns help relieve pain.
Dr. McCool often uses dental crowns to repair damage and restore functionality to tooth. If your teeth have suffered extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or a fracture, chip or break in the enamel to your tooth enamel, you may experience occasional pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, the feeling may be nearly constant. Once Dr. McCool treats the underlying issue with your tooth, the remaining portion of the tooth may still be at risk of further damage which can continue to put you at risk of an infection and pain. A dental crown seals up the tooth, protecting it from additional damage while also reducing sensitivity and eliminating pain.
Crowns are a simple procedure.
You may be concerned that having a dental crown placed might be a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, however, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively simple to perform. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged sections have been removed, Dr. McCool will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, he will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two to three weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, Dr. McCool will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
Crowns can treat a variety of issues.
Dental crowns can be used by Dr. McCool to address a variety of dental conditions, including:
- After root canal therapy
- To restore a tooth with a large tooth cavity
- To repair a broken tooth or cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a crooked tooth or misshapen tooth
- To cover a tooth that is stained or discolored
- To close gaps between teeth
- To address other restorative dentistry concerns
Crowns last many years.
Dr. McCool uses quality materials to create our patients’ dental crowns and places them with skilled precision. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Dr. McCool’s office in Lilburn, GA or your area dentist, your porcelain crown can last for many years.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and Dr. McCool would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. If you’re in the Lilburn, GA area, contact us online or call (770) 450-4407 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.