Dental crowns restore damaged teeth with high-quality porcelain. Placed by your dentist, Dr. Kristine Houck Morris, at her Easton, MD, office, crowns extend the life of selected teeth, avoiding an extraction, poor oral function, and more. Would you benefit from a porcelain crown? Talk to your dentist Easton MD specialist!
The details on dental crowns
Crowns are reliable and lifelike restorations that dentists have used for generations. However, today's crowns are more durable, functional, and realistic than ever before.
Replacing damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth structure above the gum line, a dental crown looks, feels, and acts like natural tooth enamel. It blends in with its neighbors, keeping proper bite with the opposite arch of teeth and ensuring correct dental alignment.
Also, Dr. Morris may advise crown placement if a tooth is abscessed (infected) and needs a root canal treatment. She also covers a dental implant with a customized crown and uses these restorations to anchor bridgework to adjoining natural teeth.
Most patients who have crowns cannot distinguish how they look or feel from their other healthy teeth. Today's crowns feature a lifespan of ten years or more when you take care of them properly. That's why your dentist Easton MD recommends them!
Getting a crown
It starts with a complete exam at your dentist's office in Easton, MD. Dr. Morris will inspect your tooth and X-ray it to ensure a crown is a right option. If it is, she'll use some local anesthetic to numb the tooth and proceed to remove the damaged enamel. Your tooth is shaped and sized to receive the crown precisely and comfortably, and likely, you'll wear a temporary crown while the dental lab makes your permanent crown.
Also, the dentist will take oral impressions so the dental lab can make a model of your mouth. These impressions help the technician shape the crown just right. Photos aid in appropriate shading.
When you return to the office, Dr. Morris will remove the temporary restoration and use a strong cement to bond the new crown on your tooth. She carefully adjusts crown bite and fit as the final step.
Living with a crown
At home, floss and brush your crown daily. These practices keep crown margins clean and your surrounding teeth and gums healthy says News-Medical.Net. Also, be sure to eat nutritious foods, excluding extra-sticky or hard foods that could damage your porcelain crown.
Consider a bite guard if you clench your teeth. Ask your dentist Easton MD about them. Clenching and grinding wear down fillings, dental implants, and crowns prematurely. Bruxism even contributes to gum disease, reports Dentistry Today.
Finally, see your dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months. She'll make sure your restored tooth and gums remain in good shape.
Learn more about dental crowns
In Easton, MD, Dr. Kristine Houck Morris is the dentist to see about beautiful porcelain crowns and a range of dental services. For more information or if you are concerned about a particular tooth, contact us at (410) 770-9211.