A Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales Can Help Restore Your Smile
“Will a dental crown help me?” That is what many people ask themselves when they have a missing or damaged tooth. The truth is everyone’s situation is different so only a dental crown dentist in North Wales. Before visiting Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein and the staff at Smilestone Dental Medicine it is important to know what exactly is a dental crown and what they are used for.
A crown is a type of restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth. Crowning a tooth involves creating a dental impression of a prepared tooth by the dentist then fabricating the crown outside of the mouth. On average, dental crowns prepared and inserted by your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales last between 5 and 15 years.
When Does a Dentist Restore with a Dental Crown?
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
The Dental Crown Process
Step 1: At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and the adjacent bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth, a root canal treatment may be required before proceeding with the crown.
Step2: Next, your North Wales Dental Crown Dentist will numb the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth.
Step 3: The tooth receiving the crown is then filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. If a large area of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, your dentist will use filling material to build up the tooth and support the crown.
Step 4: A Temporary crown is made of acrylic or stainless steel until a permanent crown is constructed by a lab. Your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales suggests a few precautions while a temporary crown is engaged. These include:
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods like chewing gum or caramel, which have the potential of seizing and removing the crown.
- Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown and shift the majority of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
- Avoid chewing hard foods like raw vegetables, which could break the temporary crown.
- Slide flossing material out-rather than lifting it out-when cleaning your teeth so you do not pull off the temporary crown.
Your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and our entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. Our paperless North Wales dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help you do just that. Call your North Wales Dental Crown Dentist at 215-874-0888