Do you have a broken, cracked, or severely decayed tooth? Do you have a tooth that just doesn’t shine like the rest of your smile? For both of these problems and more, Dr. Eric Tolliver offers dental crowns in Springfield, MO. These tooth-shaped caps, made of high-quality ceramic materials, are designed to slip right over your tooth to offer protection against further damage or infection. They can also serve cosmetic purposes, such as covering a stained or misshapen tooth. Whether your problem with your tooth is structural or aesthetic, dental crowns just might be able to solve it. If you’re ready to protect your tooth and restore your smile, contact us here at Galleria Dental of Springfield today to see whether dental crowns are the right treatment for you.
Crowns are used to restore the function, strength, and appearance of damaged teeth. One advantage of crowns is their ability to treat a wide variety of dental issues, making many patients a candidate for them. If you suffer form one or more of the following issues, dental crowns may be right for you:
After we have determined that you’re a good candidate for a dental crown, we can begin the treatment process, which generally takes two appointments. During the first visit, the tooth is cleaned and prepped, which may involve building it up or shaving down a small amount of enamel, depending on the state of the tooth. Then, impressions are taken and sent off to a dental lab, where your crown will be carefully crafted. While this is occurring, you will wear a temporary plastic-like crown to protect your tooth. A few weeks later, when it’s ready, you’ll return to our office and the finished crown will be placed with a powerful bonding cement.
Are you interested in repairing your beautiful pearly whites with one or more dental crowns in Springfield? For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about this restorative treatment below. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, feel free to call us right away and we’ll be happy to help!
In the past, most dental crowns were made of shiny metals that stood out in a row of pearly whites. Thankfully, at Galleria Dental of Springfield we use beautiful, natural-looking ceramic. This material is well-known for how closely it mimics the appearance of healthy tooth enamel, and we’ll precisely craft your dental crown to make sure it looks just like the rest of your teeth.
We care about your comfort just as much as your smile. A small amount of enamel will need to be removed for the dental crown to fit in with the surrounding teeth. While this step may sound daunting, we ensure that it’s as pain-free as possible by applying local anesthetic. Just like with any other treatment, we won’t begin until you are completely comfortable. However, if you’re feeling particularly anxious, Your Springfield dentist can help you feel more relaxed with nitrous oxide. This quick, safe sedation option will help you feel light and content so you can sit back and relax while we take care of your smile. It’s effects wear off as soon as we remove the gas, so you can get back to enjoying the rest of your day without any grogginess.
Dental crowns do a great job of protecting the vulnerable tooth underneath from further damage or decay, however, it’s not invincible. While plaque and bacteria won’t be able to eat away at the dental crown itself, allowing them to build up around its base could let them slip in under its edge. Remember, your tooth had a thin layer of enamel removed to fit the dental crown over it, so it’s particularly susceptible to damage caused by plaque and bacteria. Thankfully, a thorough daily dental routine should be enough to keep your dental crown and the tooth underneath it healthy and clean. Make sure to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss between your teeth daily, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
While a dental crown can easily last for up to 15 years, there are a variety of factors in your everyday life that can influence its lifespan. You can make the most of your dental crown by:
To see if dental crowns can help you regain your smile’s look and function, call us today to schedule your consultation.