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Could dental crowns be just what you need to repair, enhance, or transform your smile? Your dentists in Lincoln, NE, Drs. Sara Wubbles and Greg Blome can help you decide if the restorations are the perfect solution to your smile woes.
What are dental crowns?
Whether you've lost a tooth, want to change the way an unattractive tooth looks or would like to repair or restore a damaged tooth, dental crowns can renew your smile. Crowns look just like the visible parts of your teeth. If you examine a crown carefully, you'll notice that it's hollow inside. The hollow design allows the restoration to slip over your tooth comfortably. Before you receive a crown, your dentist reduces the size of your tooth slightly to allow a good fit for the restoration.
Crowns are cemented onto your teeth and don't change the way your tooth feels. Made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin, crowns last 10 to 15 years or longer.
How Lincoln dental crowns help your smile
Since dental crowns cover your teeth on all four sides, they can conceal a variety of flaws that affect teeth. If you've always felt a little self-conscious about a discolored tooth, adding a crown that matches the shade of surrounding teeth will help it blend in. Do you have a few teeth that look a little unusual? Crowns are often used to improve the shape of twisted or crooked teeth. They're also a good choice if you have a tooth that's naturally short or that has become short due to wear and tear.
Crowns stabilize and protect fragile teeth, preventing them from breaking. They're recommended if you have a weak, brittle, or cracked tooth, but are also used to strengthen teeth that are a little weak due to a large filling or root canal therapy. Crowns stabilize fragile teeth and absorb strong biting forces that could damage them.
When a tooth breaks, a crown restores its normal appearance, in addition to restoring your biting ability. In fact, your new tooth will look just like it did before it broke.
Dental crowns can also replace missing teeth when they're used in bridges or with dental implants. Bridges restore one or two lost teeth with artificial teeth called pontics. Attaching crowns to either side of the pontics anchors the bridge, providing stability.
Crowns are also connected to dental implants to create brand new teeth. Dental implants are small posts that are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery in Lincoln. The posts are made of a biocompatible metal that bonds to your jawbone, which ensures that your new roots are firmly attached to the bone.
Upgrade your smile with dental crowns! Call your Lincoln, NE, dentists at Blome Family Dentistry, Drs. Sara Wubbles and Greg Blome, at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.
How can you best take care of your smile? Consistent oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings) removes plaque and tartar, while restorations such as fillings and crowns rebuild dental damage. Here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels provide these services and more to their patients. Considering a crown? Read on to learn more about their benefits.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers and strengthens teeth that have been compromised by decay, injury, infection, or poor shape and size. These days, high-quality porcelain is the material of choice for most crowns, particularly those that anchor fixed bridges, cover dental implants, and rebuild teeth that have been treated by root canal therapy.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Your dentist in Lincoln would recommend a crown to:
- Beautify a tooth
- Spare a tooth from extraction
- Regularize smile appearance (a tooth looks too small as compared to its neighbors)
- Provide long-term protection from bacteria, trauma, and misalignment
The crown treatment
It's comfortable and takes just two visits to Blome Family Dentistry. Your dentist confirms the need for a crown with a careful examination and an X-ray screening. Then, the doctor reshapes the tooth, sizing it to accept the crown. Oral impressions help the dental lab fashion the crown, while photos and specific instructions from your dentist ensure proper color.
During your second office visit, the dentist removes your temporary crown and cements the permanent one on your tooth. Any needed adjustments for bite and fit are made at this time.
Caring for a crown
Once you have your new crown, you'll notice a tremendous improvement in your personal appearance. Your tooth will look and function quite naturally, and care is easy. Simply:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque and its harmful bacteria.
- Avoid brittle foods, such as hard candy and nuts.
- Get twice-yearly cleanings and examinations at Blome Family Dentistry.
Tooth enamel is super-hard, says the American Dental Association (ADA), having a mineral content of about 96 percent. Yet, problems can happen. That's where realistic restorations such as crowns come in.
Call Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Blome Wubbels here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, to find out if a crown is right for you. Phone our friendly staff at (402) 483-7000 to book a consultation.