From protecting a weakened tooth to improving the appearance of a misshapen tooth, dental crowns are a versatile dental restoration which can accomplish many different things. Find out what dental crowns can do for you with help from your Lincoln, NE dentist at Blome Family Dentistry.
How do dental crowns work?
Dental crowns are a tooth-shaped dental restoration which fits over a tooth. Securing the crown on top of the tooth protects it from becoming damaged and stabilizes the tooth against everyday use. Crowns also restore the biting surface, making chewing and eating easier and preventing bite-related conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and jaw pain. Most crowns last for many years with the proper care. Be sure to brush twice daily, floss at least once, and see your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Crowns accomplish many things, including:
- protecting a weakened tooth
- stabilizing a tooth with a large filling
- changing the appearance of a tooth
- replacing a missing tooth by fitting over a dental implant
- restoring the bite surface of a worn down tooth
- strengthening a tooth after root canal therapy
Your dentist can help you determine if a dental crown is best for your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Lincoln
Crowns usually require two dental appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth by removing small parts of enamel from the sides and top to make room for the crown. This also gives the tooth the same shape as the inside of the crown, ensuring a strong bond with your tooth. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to send to a dental lab who will customize your crown. A temporary crown protects your prepared tooth until the final restoration returns to your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown. After checking the fit of the final crown, your dentist uses dental cement to secure it to your tooth.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dental in Lincoln, NE. Call (402) 483-7000 to schedule your regular dental examination and cleaning or a consultation for dental crowns today!