Our teeth are strong, but they are not immune to damage. So, what can we do when accidents, stress, or decay damage our teeth? In some cases, tooth fillings may be the solution to repair dental damage. In other cases, dental crowns may be the best option. But how do you know if you need a dental filling or a dental crown?
Luckily, Gary Horblitt, D.D.S., can help you decide which restorative solution is best for you and your smile. If you need assistance repairing damaged teeth, then call our Fairfield, CT, dental office at (203) 335-1011 or send us a quick message online.
In the meantime, our talented team will tell you everything you need to know about dental crowns.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped, restorative caps that Dr. Horblitt can use to repair significantly damaged teeth. These caps fit over damaged teeth, which offers remarkable support and protection. Our team can also color match dental crowns to match each patient’s unique smile. This means that dental crowns both look and act like natural teeth.
But dental crowns can do much more than repair damaged teeth. Dr. Horblitt can use dental crowns to hold dental bridges securely in place, as well as cover dental implants. Whatever their use, tooth crowns are incredibly strong and versatile restorations!
When is a dental crown necessary?
Typically, Dr. Horblitt and his team use dental crowns to protect teeth that have been damaged by deep cavities, cracks, or fractures. When cavities, cracks, and fractures extend toward the root (or bottom) of a tooth, it’s likely for an infection to take hold. A dental crown completely covers a damaged tooth, which prevents further damage, infections, and pain.
Dental crowns may also be necessary to keep old fillings from falling off. Additionally, Dr. Horblitt may use a dental crown to support a tooth that is extremely weak or worn. And, of course, our team can always use tooth crowns to cover dental implants or keep dental bridges firmly in place.
How can I get a dental crown?
First, a thorough exam with Dr. Horblitt will tell us everything we need to know about the condition of your teeth and gums. After examining your mouth, our team will make suggestions on how to repair a damaged smile.
If we believe that you need a dental crown, then we will begin by shaping the affected tooth and taking oral impressions. Then, we will use these impressions to craft your unique dental crown. Crafting your dental crown will take some time, so we will fit you with a temporary crown while you wait.
Once your dental crown is complete, we will permanently cement the cap onto the affected tooth. After the cement sets, you are free to continue speaking, eating, and smiling as usual!
How do I care for a dental crown?
Caring for a dental crown is easy. Simply brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and schedule regular dental exams with Dr. Horblitt twice a year.
However, it’s important to limit behavior that might damage a dental crown. For example, patients should avoid:
- Chewing on very hard foods, like ice or hard candy
- Using teeth to open stubborn packaging
- Nail biting or pen chewing
Ask Us If Dental Crowns Are Right For You
Not sure if dental crowns are right for your smile needs? No problem! Contact Dr. Horblitt today by calling (203) 335-1011 or by requesting an appointment online. We’ll gladly help you restore your smile!