We know what you are thinking. If you have to read one more thing about those little princesses from Frozen 2, you’re going to tear your hair out. Trust us, we get it. Luckily for you, this is not about Elsa and Anna’s crowns, or that annoying little snowman, Olaf. This is about a crown for your teeth. While it doesn’t allow you to wear a gold circle on your head, crowns do give you relief from cracked, diseased, or broken teeth. A lot of adults - over 40% of adults who are 50 years old or older - have at least one crown. Let Dynamic Dental Care give you some information about crowns and how they work.
People need crowns for several reasons. Crowns are used frequently to protect teeth that are weak. Teeth can become weak because of a blow to the mouth due to an accident or a sports injury. This happens often when people aren’t wearing sports mouthguards and they get hit in the mouth, which could damage your teeth. People can also damage their teeth when they clench or grind them at night.
We also use crowns to protect teeth that are damaged or weak from the effects of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. Those bacteria can tunnel into your tooth enamel, and if it isn’t caught, it can infect the tooth pulp, which causes serious pain. We might also use crowns to protect teeth weakened due to gum disease. Gum disease is also caused by bacteria.
One of the most common reasons we place a crown on teeth is because of everyday wear and tear. Adults can chip, crack or break their teeth through everyday use, such as crunching down on nuts or popcorn.
What Happens If You Need a Crown?
The procedure to put a crown on your tooth is simple. First, we put a temporary crown on the tooth that has been cracked or broken to protect it. We measure your tooth first and make an impression so that we can get a crown made for you. We take an impression before we begin, and after we shave your tooth down for the crown. We usually make crowns from porcelain over metal, because it is stronger. Once we are ready, we fit the crown over your natural tooth using dental cement. Fitting the crown is painless. We will have to numb your tooth when we shave your tooth to fit the temporary crown. Your permanent crown will look like your natural tooth, and most people will have no idea you are wearing a crown at all.
If you are worried about getting a crown placed, you need to know that getting a crown placed is simple and painless. Do you have questions about crowns? If so, give Dynamic Dental Care a call at (509) 466-2587. We can give you some additional information about wearing crowns, how we make crowns, and placing crowns, as well as different options for crowns. Give us a call today, and let us help you restore that cracked, chipped, or broken tooth!