One of the most frequently used forms of restorative dentistry is the dental crown, and yet a lot of the patients of Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska of Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care are unaware of just how beneficial dental crowns actually are for long-term oral health.
Dental Crowns 101
As a form of restorative dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry for some, dental crowns offer a simple and effective way to retain an adult tooth that has decayed or sustained damage that would otherwise cause a patient to lose it. Just consider the reasons our team at Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care will provide patients with crowns:
- They have a very large area of decay within a tooth and a standard filling would not be able to support the tooth
- They have many large amalgam (metal) fillings that required a lot of the tooth to be removed. They cannot be replaced effectively with even a strong resin filling, and this makes a crown the best solution
- They have damaged a tooth in an accident, such as cracking or breaking a tooth. If a filling or bonding cannot safely repair and restore the tooth, a crown is the best way to preserve it.
- They have had a root canal that has forced the team to remove a lot of the original crown of the tooth, making the crown a necessity
- They have had a dental implant, and crowns are always the final step in the process
- They have deeply stained or highly sensitive teeth, making a crown an ideal remedy
That demonstrates just how many people are good candidates for crowns, and how effective dental crowns are as a form of restoration.
What is a Crown?
However, and as we explained, many patients are unclear about just what a crown is and does. Firstly, it is not so much a crown as it is a “cap” that covers the entire tooth. It is made to be an identical replica of the original tooth and to function as it had before being damaged or decayed.
That means that it preserves the bite, enables you to eat and speak for yourself, and can even ensure that a badly damaged tooth remains intact and functional without any further pain or discomfort.
How Are Crowns Done?
Our dentists each offer patients restorative dentistry solutions, including crowns. If it is determined that a filling cannot suffice or that a crown is an essential part of a treatment, the tooth is prepared through treatments ranging from fillings and removal of decay to root canal or implant.
Molds are made of the area and a lab custom makes a durable crown out of strong porcelain materials. Our restorative dentist will fit you with a temporary crown and when the new one is in from the lab, we have you return and the crown is bonded to the tooth.
Find Out How Dental Crowns Can Help You
You can then start to use that tooth as you did the original tooth, and enjoy years of painless chewing, speaking and smiling. If you have questions about old fillings or think crowns might be of use to you, just contact us online or by calling our Lyons office at (620) 257-5193 or our Inman office at (620) 585-6766.