Dental Crowns (Caps) in Amherst, NH
Nobody wants a less than perfect smile. Teeth that are chipped, discolored, decayed, or missing can make you reluctant to smile, talk, or eat around other people. Sometimes the damaged tooth can be painful and in need of care. If you have damaged or missing teeth, a crown can restore your smile to its former natural beauty and function.
Why Do I Need a Crown?
Dental crowns can be a solution to a variety of dental problems. If your tooth has too much decay to support a filling, a crown may offer more support. If a tooth is cracked or weakened, a crown can be used to strengthen and protect the tooth. Crowns can also be used for aesthetic purposes or in combination with a surgical implant to restore a lost tooth.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is a “cap” that is placed over your natural tooth, covering it completely. Crowns can be made of many materials, including gold, metal, porcelain, resin, or a combination. Crowns are very strong and durable restorations and allow you to speak, chew, and brush normally.
Your Amherst, NH dentist, Dr. Edwards, will help you select the best material for your crown. There are many factors to consider such as strength, durability, location in your mouth, cost, and aesthetic appearance.
How Do We Place Crowns?
If you and Dr. Edwards determine that a dental crown is the best solution, Dr. Edwards will perform any other necessary procedures first. These procedures may include removal of a cavity or a root canal. Once the tooth is repaired, it will be prepped for the crown. If there is very little tooth left, a post and build-up may be required. This process gives the crown a stronger anchor to your tooth.
In most cases, a temporary crown will be placed while the permanent crown is made. We will take an impression of your teeth to ensure the crown will fit and feel comfortable and natural. If you choose a tooth-colored material for your crown, we will make sure we match the crown to the color of your natural teeth so that it blends in beautifully.
A follow-up visit will be necessary to remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown into place. Once your permanent crown is placed and bonded to your tooth, it will act and feel just like a natural tooth. There are no special home care requirements; just brush and floss regularly. With routine scheduled care and good home care, your crown should last several years.
If you have teeth that are damaged, chipped, weakened, or decayed, a dental crown can benefit you in many ways. They are strong, durable, and can be made to look just like a natural tooth. Call our Amherst, NH dental office today to schedule your consultation.