Even though tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, teeth can still be damaged by way of injury or tooth decay. When this happens, the person should consult their dentist to decide if the tooth can be saved and how much can be saved. A dental crown is a treatment that can both save and repair a damaged tooth so that it can again be used for biting and chewing while also restoring the appearance of your smile.
Crowns are custom-made by dentists to resemble your existing tooth enamel and cover it from the chewing surface down to the gum line. Dr. John Hendricks of Lowcountry Dental Center can create and place crowns for his patients for both medical and cosmetic purposes. While you’ve probably heard of dental crowns, you may not understand how they can help your damaged teeth look and function better.
At our Bluffton, SC dental practice, Dr. Hendricks wants his patients to understand the treatment options available to them and their advantages. Lowcountry Dental Center is one of the few dental practices in Bluffton, SC to offer same day dental crowns thanks to their innovative CAD/CAM technology. Dr. Hendricks can create dental crowns for his patients in a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, resin, or a combination of these materials. However, for the most natural look and feel, Dr. Hendricks prefers porcelain dental crowns, as they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and simple to permanently attach. Read on to learn about the benefits of dental crowns and how they can help save your teeth from damage and decay.
Crowns help relieve pain.
Dr. Hendricks often uses dental crowns to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If your teeth have fallen victim to extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may experience occasional pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, the feeling may persist. Once Dr. Hendricks addresses the underlying issue with your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be at risk of further damage which can continue to cause discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth from additional damage while also reducing sensitivity and eliminating pain.
Dental crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that having a dental crown placed would be a complicated or intense procedure. But, in truths, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively simple. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts have been removed, Dr. Hendricks will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, he will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, Dr. Hendricks will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
Crowns are a versatile treatment.
Dental crowns can be used by Dr. Hendricks to address a variety of dental conditions, including:
- After root canal therapy
- To protect a tooth with a large tooth cavity
- To repair a broken tooth or cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a crooked tooth or misshaped tooth
- To cover a tooth that is stained or discolored
- To close gaps between teeth
- To lengthen teeth or improve a “gummy smile”
- To address other restorative dentistry concerns
Crowns last many years.
Dr. Hendricks uses quality materials to create our patients’ dental crowns and places them with skilled precision. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Lowcountry Dental Center or your area dentist, your porcelain crown can last for many years.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and Lowcountry Dental Center would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. Dr. Hendricks is one of the few Bluffton area dentists to offer same day dental crowns thanks to an innovative technology called E4D. Using sophisticated CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Hendricks can design, fabricate and place a ceramic tooth crown in one day. If you’re in the Bluffton, SC area, contact us online or call (843) 284-7340 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.