Our teeth become more vulnerable to damage, stains, and age-related wear and tear as we grow older. When the teeth are severely damaged or decayed, they cannot be restored nor sustained with a simple filling. Placing a crown could give your tooth a new lease on life.
At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we provide solid and durable dental crowns that can conceal the various imperfections of your tooth besides giving the much-needed support for a weakened tooth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that rest over the entire exterior portion of a tooth. Not only do crowns protect weak and worn-out teeth from further damage, but they also change their shape, size, or color. They also provide additional protection to a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure.
What Are Dental Crowns Used for?
Dental crowns can be used for various purposes. These include:
- Refining the aesthetics of your smile
- Protecting a cracked or weakened tooth from breakage
- To conceal discolored or misshapen tooth
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To repair a worn-down or fractured tooth
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Procedure?
The process for a dental crown will often need two dental visits. During the first visit, Dr. Ryan Rush will comprehensively examine your affected tooth and take X-rays. This is done to identify any potential issues before going ahead with the process. If the tooth is infected, it may require root canal therapy before a crown can be secured.
Next, the tooth and the surrounding soft tissue will be numbed so you won't feel any pain. The tooth will then be reshaped on the sides and the chewing surface to make space for the dental crown placement. Once this is accomplished, your tooth's impression will be taken to create a customized dental crown. While you wait for the permanent restoration, you will be fitted with a temporary crown.
The temporary crown will be removed during the subsequent appointment, and the permanent restoration will be fixed in your mouth. We will thoroughly check the crown's fit to make sure it's comfortable, and then the crown will be bonded into place.
How Should You Care for Crowns?
The dental crowns should be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth: follow regular oral hygiene practices. To ensure your crowns last for as long as possible, avoid hard candies, crunchy snacks, and other foods that put too much force on your restoration. It's also important to schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning once every six months.
To find out if dental crowns are suitable for you, call Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO 80526 at (970) 223-5393 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush.