By Dow Dental
July 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsWhen a tooth needs some extra support, the usual recommendation is a dental crown. Dental crowns help shore up damaged or unstable teeth. This is a popular procedure performed at the Springfield office of Dr. Douglas N. Dow. Explore how dental crowns can help you restore your strong, healthy, beautiful smile.

What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth covering made of porcelain, ceramic or metal material. It is custom-designed and shaped in a dental laboratory to fit your smile perfectly. A crown strengthens and protects the root of the tooth, allowing the patient to chew and smile comfortably. A crown can last 15 years or longer with good care.

Examples of Damaged Teeth
Not every tooth can be treated with a crown—the root of the tooth has to be thoroughly evaluated with X-rays and a dental exam to ensure that it’s in good health. There are a few common cases where a damaged tooth can be shored up with a crown:

  • Cracked due to injury 
  • Chipped tooth
  • A crooked tooth that looks out of place
  • A discolored tooth that can’t be fixed with whitening gel
  • Teeth that have been damaged by clenching and teeth grinding

The Process of Getting Dental Crowns
First, your Springfield dentist must prepare the damaged tooth so that it can hold and support the dental crown. Some of the enamel of the original tooth has to be removed to create what is called an abutment. An impression is taken so that the final crown can be formed. When the crown is ready, it’s secured to the tooth using a very strong dental cement. The dentist shapes and polishes it to perfection before the “big reveal.”

Your First Appointment
The first visit to get dental crowns includes a dental evaluation and X-rays to ensure that this is the right treatment for your case. Call (541) 726-9644 to schedule your initial appointment at Dr. Dow’s Springfield location.