When you think of crowns, what comes to mind? Kings and queens? Prom or the Homecoming dance?
How about teeth?
Dental crowns may not be as elaborate as the crowns that royalty (real or high school level) may wear, but they are more functional no matter who you are.
At the Really Smile dentist office in Carmel, our goal is to provide “Life Changing Dentistry,” and there aren’t many dental services that will change your life more than dental crowns and bridges.
You may not have a fancy coronation when you get your dental crown, but the procedure will be more meaningful when you see the results.
Why you may need a crown
Dental crowns don’t bestow any power or authority on you. They can give you back a complete smile and full use of your teeth, however.
Dental crowns are used to fix a number of problems that you could be having with your teeth.
For example, if you have suffered tooth decay, your teeth may become weak and sensitive. This weakness can affect your ability to bite and chew your food. This may force you to give up foods like nuts, steak, crunchy fruits and vegetables, and even some desserts.
Your tooth sensitivity could make you to quit having your morning cup of hot coffee or enjoying ice cream or a milk shake.
By replacing your natural crown with a dental crown, you will regain your ability to eat the foods you like without worrying about your ability to chew or bite into it. You also won’t have to worry about hot or cold foods and drinks causing you pain.
Another reason to consider a dental crown is to fix the appearance of discolored teeth. The tooth decay we mentioned could cause your tooth to become black or have dark spots. At the same time, your teeth may have become yellowed by foods you eat, tobacco products, or medications you are taking.
A dental crown can restore the your teeth to a whiter appearance and leave you with a whiter, brighter smile.
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, then a dental crown can fix that problem, too. If you’ve been living with a tooth that is noticeably missing a section, then you can make it whole again.
Likewise, if you have a missing tooth or need one removed, then a dental crown can be placed on a dental implant to fill in the gap in your smile.
Putting on your dental crown
The procedure for placing a dental crown is a relatively simple process.
First, the dentist removes the decayed or discolored parts of your tooth. The tooth is reshaped into an abutment, where the dentist can place your dental crown.
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, the dentist will use a similar process to change the shape of your tooth. After your dental crown is completed, the next step in the procedure is placing it on the abutment.
If you receive a dental implant, the dental crown will be placed on the implant.
In any case, your dental crown will give you the look of a full set teeth, and it will allow you to bite and chew anything you want to eat once again.
Your dental crown will match the color and shape of your existing teeth so well that many people will never know that one of your teeth isn’t “real.”
Dental bridges to span your gap
If you are missing one tooth or need a tooth fixed, then dental crowns are great, but what if your problem is bigger than one tooth. That’s when we can make a dental bridge for you.
A dental bridge is composed of multiple dental crowns that have been bonded together. When we place your bridge, the procedure is similar to what we do for a dental crown.
We may first need to remove the tooth or teeth in the middle of where your bridge will be placed. Then we reshape the teeth on each side of that gap into abutments.
The crowns on either end of the bridge are bonded onto those abutments. This provides your bridge with the support it needs to bite into and chew your food.
In cases where tooth removal is the best option, we can place your dental bridge on a dental implant or implants instead.
Keep on smiling
Our name says it all at Really Smile. We want our patients to keep smiling, and we have seen how dental crowns and bridges have made many people happy again. When you have a full set of teeth that work just as well as your real teeth did, we know it will make you smile, too.
To learn more or to make an appointment, call 317-451-4050 or use our online form to schedule your visit to our dentist office in Carmel. We look forward to seeing your and your new smile.