When one of your teeth becomes damaged, it can compromise your smile and your overall oral health. Maybe you have a cavity. Perhaps you bit down on something hard and fractured the tooth. Even if the tooth is still functional, it must be protected from bacteria and other types of potential damage. When a tooth is too broken down to be repaired with a filling, a dental crown is an excellent option. Drs. Robert Neighbors and Brian Herod often place tooth crowns over patients’ damaged teeth in Midlothian, VA, to create a natural looking aesthetic and preserve the function of the tooth.
Interested in learning if you need crowns? Contact our office today for your first appointment.
How Tooth Crowns Restore and Protect Teeth
The dental crowns created in our office are made from high-quality, durable ceramic. When properly placed and bonded to the natural teeth, they can last for years with proper care and maintenance. Not only do crowns enhance your smile, but they save your tooth from possible extraction or other problems.
Generally, it takes about two appointments to complete a dental crown procedure at our Midlothian, VA dental practice. During the first visit, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. This mold will then be used to customize the ceramic crown. Next, after numbing the affected area, the dentist will reshape the tooth in preparation for a temporary crown. The temporary crown protects the tooth until the permanent crown has been made.
The second visit will usually be about two weeks after the first. At this time, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with a permanent one.
Tooth Crowns After Root Canal Therapy
Have you recently undergone root canal therapy? Drs. Neighbors and Herod may recommend a dental crown as the final step of your procedure. Because root canal therapy removes the nerves, blood vessels, and infected tissues inside of a tooth, a dental crown is often necessary for added stability, strength, and reinforcement.
Enjoy a Whiter Smile With Crowns
Dental crowns can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. These restorations can also address any discomfort or sensitivity you may feel in a fractured or decayed tooth. Schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options with Drs. Neighbors and Herod now.