Metal-Free Dental Crowns in Westchester County!
If you have a damaged, cracked or seriously decaying tooth, you may be worried that your dentist will have no choice but to pull that tooth. However, he may be able to save your teeth with dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown (tooth cap) is like a cap that fits over the damaged tooth, returning strength, structure and function to the tooth. It can protect your tooth from any further damage and can help to ensure a healthy jaw by preserving the jaw’s natural alignment.
Dr. Morrow may recommend a crown if you have a tooth that has been severely worn down or is misshapen or severely discolored. It can keep a tooth that is weak from decay from cracking or breaking. Crowns can hold a dental bridge in place and cover a dental implant. Crowns are used when other restorations, such as veneers, fillings or inlays, aren’t feasible to use.
Why are Metal-Free Crowns Better?
Dentists have many options to choose when deciding what materials to use for the crown. They are often made from gold or porcelain-fused-to metal. However, these crowns that contain metal not only make teeth look bad, but also they can result in an unsightly black line on the gums.
For this and other reasons, Dr. Morrow uses metal-free crowns, which are made from porcelain.
Porcelain crowns can be color-matched to your natural teeth. This kind of material also reflects light well, and it has a transparency that is similar to that of natural teeth. These crowns have no allergenic potential and are very durable and long-lasting.
What is the Procedure for Dental Crowns?
Your dentist will do a thorough exam before deciding on the best way to fix your damaged tooth. If he decides that a crown is a good solution for you, he will want to take X-rays of your tooth and check to make sure that the tooth’s roots are healthy. If they are damaged, he may recommend a root canal before any further treatment.
When you are ready for your crown, your dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, to make room for the crown, he will file the tooth down on the top and the sides. Or, if you are getting a crown because your tooth is worn down, he may use filler material to build the tooth up so it can support a crown.
When the tooth is reshaped to the dentist’s satisfaction, he will use putty to make an impression of the tooth. He will make impressions of the teeth to ensure that the finished crown won’t interfere with your bite. These impressions will be sent to a lab where they will make your permanent crown.
In the meantime, Dr. Morrow will give you a temporary crown to protect your tooth. This will be held in place with a temporary cement, and so you have to make sure you are careful. Avoid sticky foods that may pull the temporary crown off or hard foods that may break it. Also, be careful that you don’t pull the crown off when you floss your teeth.
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the new one. He will check to make sure it is the proper fit and the proper color. When he is satisfied, he will apply a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and then permanently cement the crown onto the tooth.
Dental Crown Aftercare and Recovery
When you first get your crown, it may feel a bit uncomfortable and sensitive. This should be temporary. If the sensitivity continues and is especially bad when you bite down on the crown, it may mean that the crown is too high on the tooth, something Dr. Morrow can easily fix.
If your crown feels loose or if you have a chip in your crown, you should call Dr. Morrow immediately.
Although these issues can come up, most patients never have any problems with their crowns. They can last between five and 15 years, especially if you take good care of them by maintaining good oral health habits. You should avoid bad habits, such as chewing on ice or pen caps, biting fingernails or grinding teeth, which can damage your crown.
Metal-free dental crowns are a great way to take care of a damaged tooth. A crown can save you from the pain and trouble of having a tooth pulled, it can protect your tooth from further damage, it can help to fix a misshapen tooth. If it’s a metal-free crown, it looks just like your other teeth. No one will even know you have it!
If you are interested in getting a metal-free dental crown, make an appointment with Dr. Ira S. Morrow, DMD in Yonkers, Westchester County, NY. Call (914) 476-4040 today!