What are dental Crowns?
When a single tooth is damaged or worn down, it may be saved with a dental crown. Also known as a restoration, dental crowns are custom made to cover the needed tooth and colored to match your surrounding teeth for an attractive finish. At Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH, a crown may be used to treat a large area of a tooth because of decay, protect a damaged tooth, hold together a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general and cosmetic dentist, offers custom crowns with a choice of materials to meet your specific needs, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Boulard to find out how a crown can change your overall oral health and appearance of your smile.
Who needs a dental crown?
Crowns may be placed to protect a decaying tooth to keep it from chipping, or they can hold together a cracked tooth. Crowns can also fix a worn-down or loose tooth. They can be utilized to support a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a normal filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued to the tooth or connected to an implant. The material of the crown is selected with consideration to the location of the tooth. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal are typically stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible molars and pre-molars. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are often selected for the visible teeth and customized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. In your consult, Dr. Boulard will discuss your options and help you choose the best dental crown for your needs and budget.
Dr. Boulard's Crown seating technique
At your consultation, Dr. Boulard will take dental impressions so your crown can be custom made. A temporary crown will also be made to cover your tooth while your permanent crown is being made. Once your dental crown is ready, the area to be treated will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be available to soothe any dental fears or anxieties. When you are ready, Dr. Boulard will prepare the tooth by cleaning away any decay, then file down the tooth to make room for the crown. Your dental crown will be cemented to your tooth. Once set, Dr. Boulard can adjust the fit so your bite is correct.
how Do I care for my dental crowns?
You will be able to leave our office once your crown is placed and get back to your day. Dr. Boulard or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and how to clean your crown. During your yearly examinations at Something To Smile About, Dr. Boulard will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it for comfort. He will let you know when your crown needs to be replaced; however, with proper care, it may last for many years. If you have any problems with your crown (it becomes loose or falls out), call our office immediately. Do not try to repair it or re-attach it because this can lead to a bad fit or infection.
YOUR CROWN LOOKS GREAT ON YOU
A single damaged or decayed tooth can be treated with a custom dental crown at Something To Smile About. Talk to Dr. Boulard about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and keep your other teeth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom-made crown can blend with your teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our team in Merrimack, NH to make an appointment with Dr. Boulard.
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