Posts for: April, 2018
It is quite common for dentists to see patients who have a cracked or fractured tooth. With today’s advanced dental technology, people are keeping their natural teeth longer and over time the likelihood of a cracked tooth increases.
There are a number of reasons why a tooth could crack or fracture. These include biting on a hard object, grinding, trauma, and clinching.
If you experience a cracked tooth, you will want to see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to prevent further damage. An untreated cracked tooth is an invitation for tooth decay. If the crack is deep or into the nerve of the tooth, it may need an extraction or root canal. Taking immediate action to treat the tooth is always best.
Our South Charlotte dental team uses digital xrays and intra-oral cameras to help detect any cracks or fractures in your teeth.
Find out why this is one of the most common dental restorations used today.
A dental crown: a tooth-shaped restoration that is completely hollow. Why would our South Charlotte, NC, dentists Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell recommend that you get a dental crown? What is its purpose and how can it benefit you?
There are many reasons why our South Charlotte, NC, general dentist might advise you to get a dental crown. In most cases, a dental crown offers restorative benefits, but sometimes the advantages can be cosmetic, too. When a dental crown is cemented into place over a tooth it becomes its new outer shell. It’s strong, durable and often stronger than the damaged or weakened tooth that’s inside. In essence, the crown becomes a protective fort for your tooth so that no further damage comes to the tooth.
You may require a dental crown if:
- You have a tooth that is significantly damaged by decay, infection or trauma
- You have a tooth that is fractured or broken
- You have a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- You have a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored
- You have a tooth that is worn down (e.g. teeth grinding)
- You a need to support and stabilize a dental bridge
- You need to complete a dental implant
What goes into getting a dental crown?
Once we determine that you need a dental crown, we will need to prep the tooth first so that the crown can fit over the tooth. If there is decay or an infection present these issues will need to be treated before a crown can be placed.
Next, we will take impressions of your tooth and the surrounding teeth to send to a dental lab. The lab will create your custom permanent crown based on the molds we provide. In the meantime, our South Charlotte, NC, family dentist will need to put a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it.
Once your permanent crown is ready you will come back to our office so that we can remove the temporary crown and then check the fit and bite of your new crown before cementing it into place.
Do you want to learn more about getting dental crowns in South Charlotte, NC? Do you want to find out if you could benefit from this restoration? If so, then it’s time to call Park Crossing Dentistry today.
Please welcome Sarah, our new receptionist and patient coordinator!
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Sarah comes to us with dental assisting experience. This is valuable for all our patients because she understands the clinical side of dentistry as well. She has been in dentistry for 4 years and in customer service for over 15 years. Sarah is great with scheduling your appointments.
When not at Park Crossing Dentistry, Sarah enjoys her pets and all animals. She hopes to have her own rescue/sanctuary for animals someday.