Tooth decay and accidents are common causes of damaged teeth. Strengthening your teeth to withstand further damage is essential to preserving their function. Dental crowns from your dentist in Saline, MI, Dr. Colleen Allen, of Saline Dental Care, might be the tooth restoration you need.
Causes of Damaged Teeth
Your teeth can get damaged for various reasons and this can affect their function. Chewing can become painful with damaged teeth. Continuous use of your damaged teeth also increases its risk of further damage. For instance, a small chip in your tooth today can become bigger if you keep using that tooth to bite hard foods. Furthermore, you might not find your damaged teeth looking their best.
Here are a few conditions that could damage your teeth:
- Tooth decay
- Acid erosion
- Excessive grinding
- Wear from use
- Gum disease
What are Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that your Saline, MI, dentist, Dr. Allen designs to sit over your damaged tooth. They cover the damaged part of your teeth that rises above your gums. Your dentist ensures your dental crowns match your natural teeth perfectly so they blend right in with your smile.
Dental crowns could be made of the following material:
- Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel dental crowns are usually temporary and you'll only use them till your permanent crowns are ready.
Porcelain crowns are great because your dentist can easily match them to your natural teeth. However, Zirconia dental crowns from your Saline, MI, dentist at Saline Dental Care offers more durability and could last for more than 10 years.
Combination dental crowns usually have porcelain fused with metals so that they're natural-looking and also resilient.
Getting Your Dental Crowns
You would typically need about two appointments with your dentist to get your dental crowns. During your first appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you're a good fit for dental crowns. You might need some treatment first for the decayed and damaged tooth.
Your dentist will take an imprint of your teeth to create your dental crowns. She will also prepare your tooth to receive the crown and cover it with the temporary dental crown. During your next appointment, your dentist will swap your temporary dental crowns for your permanent dental crowns held in place with dental cement.
Call Dr. Allen of Saline Dental Care, your Saline, MI, dentist at (734) 429-9744 to discuss strengthening your damaged teeth with dental crowns.