How Can Dental Crowns Help My Smile?
February 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns from Brookfield, WI dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, restore damaged or misshapen teeth. That's a pretty straightforward statement, dental crownsisn't it? But, in reality, crowns save smiles by avoiding devastating tooth loss, preserving oral function, jaw bone integrity, personal appearance and self-confidence. How can a tooth-shaped cap do all that? Find out here how Dr. Culver creates and places these dental wonders for the benefit of the patients in his care.

Crowns strengthen and beautify

Say you have a cracked tooth. You worry that the resulting toothache spells extraction.

Well, that needn't be the case. Dr. Culver will examine that tooth, X-ray it and determine its viability. Some fractured teeth need root canal therapy to remove the interior pulp. Some do not, but many teeth can benefit from the protection offered by a dental crown in Brookfield.

If your tooth is sufficiently healthy, Dr. Culver will:

  • Anesthetize the area around it
  • Remove the damaged enamel and filling material
  • Shape it to receive a crown
  • Take oral impressions to send to the dental lab

At the dental lab, a skilled ceramist uses Dr. Culver's instructions and your oral impressions to custom-make your crown. These days, Dr. Culver usually chooses porcelain because of its lifelike beauty and strength. Other choices include porcelain fused to metal and gold. Selection depends on factors such as cost and location in the mouth.

While you wait for your new crown, you likely will wear a temporary restoration. When you return to Dr. Culver's office, he will remove it and bond the new crown in place. Because of modern color-matching techniques and manufacturing processes, dental crowns typically fit perfectly right away, and patients notice the superior look and feel of an all-porcelain crown.

Crown care and lifespan

When you brush and floss regularly and get your six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Culver, your crown should last ten years or even more. The same goes for crowns used to restore dental implants and to support fixed bridgework, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.

Help your smile

Keep it bright, strong and functional by crowning a weak or misshapen tooth. For more information on these and other reliable restorations, contact Dr. Culver for a consultation at (262) 782-1655.