A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to restore the tooth's strength, shape and size. Crowns are used over the real tooth or a dental implant. Common reasons a dental crown is needed:
Regular Dental Checkups
To keep your teeth and gums healthy it's important to have routine dental cleanings. This is also the best way to protect and detect issues early. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends check ups twice a year.
During a dental exam our team will take x-rays, examine existing restorations (crowns, fillings or other restorative work), screen for oral cancer and examine your teeth for decay.
Generally your dental cleaning will be performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist. We strive to provide a gentle cleaning experience. During this time your hygienist will remove plaque (the living colony of bacteria) and tarter (hardened plaque that's located above and below your gum lines) to prevent periodontal disease.
Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is our main priority, a filling restores a tooth that has been damaged. When a dentist gives a filling, they first remove the decayed tooth material and clean the affected area. The last step is to fill the cleaned cavity area.
Signs that indicate you may need a dental filling
Only a dentist can confirm if you have a cavity. However, there are signs you may experience that can indicate the need for a filling. Tooth sensitivity is a common sign.
At first, it’s silent, practically invisible and sometimes even
painless. But once periodontal disease strikes, it’s only a matter
of time until it makes its presence known with uncomfortable,
unsightly and quite possibly irreparable side effects.
Periodontal disease, also know as gum disease, is the major
cause of tooth loss in adults. There are several types and
stages of the disease, all of which start with an infection of
the gums that can move into the bones and ligaments that
support the teeth. In the beginning stages, it is often detected
by a dentist or dental hygienist during regular checkups. If left
untreated gums and bone can become so seriously damaged,
that teeth can fall out or have to be removed.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Healthy gums are firm, pink and don't bleed.
If you would like to have a brighter, whiter smile our dentists are happy to provide a consult to determine the best whitening method for you.
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Dental Emergencies may include teeth that have been knocked out (evulsed), forced out of position (extruded), or broken (fractured.) Sometimes lips, gums or cheeks have cuts.
If your emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately.