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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.

March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental crowns and whether they could revive your crowns

In an ideal world, we would all keep our natural teeth healthy and no problems would ever happen. Unfortunately, we don’t live in this fantasy world. Accidents happen! Decay happens! It’s the duty of our Brookfield, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, to set your smile straight with restorations like dental crowns.

Why get a dental crown?

There are many situations that may warrant getting a dental crown. If there isn’t enough viable tooth structure left to support a dental filling then the decay will be removed and a crown will be placed over the tooth. A fractured, cracked or broken tooth will also need a little support and protection to prevent more damage. A crown will fit nicely over the tooth to provide the coverage and safety it needs to stay healthy.

Of course, a dental crown may also be used strictly for cosmetic purposes. Do you have a tooth that is so discolored that even teeth whitening won’t work? Do you have a tooth that is severely malformed or misshapen? While it may not affect how your tooth functions, these issues can certainly affect your smile’s appearance and your confidence. A dental crown can be placed over the tooth or teeth to instantly improve the look of your smile.

What goes into getting a dental crown?

First and foremost, let’s find out if you are a good candidate for dental crowns. By examining your smile and sitting down for a consultation we can determine whether there are other treatment options that are better suited to your needs.

If dental crowns are the optimum restoration then the tooth will need to be prepared before it can receive a crown. What does tooth preparation entail? It will require us to prepare the tooth so the crown can fit over it.

Impressions of your tooth will also need to be taken. These impressions will be given to a dental lab so that they can design and create a crown that fits perfectly over that tooth. While your crown is being completed, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth.

Once the lab has sent your crown to us, your final appointment will consist of checking the fit of your new crown to make sure it’s perfect before cementing it into place.

If you want to learn more about getting dental crowns in Brookfield, WI, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation. Let’s see what dental crowns can do for your smile.

August 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You bite into a piece of peanut brittle and hear a loud crack. A piece of a dental crown falls into your hand, leaving a less than perfect dental crownslooking tooth in the front of your mouth. What can you do with this urgent dental matter?

General and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, urges you to call his office right away for advice on what do do with your fractured restoration. Dr. Culver and his team are known for quick and compassionate care--both routine and urgent.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown covers remaining healthy tooth structure after injury, root canal therapy or extensive dental fillings. The crown is custom-made according to oral impressions and Dr. Culver's instructions to the dental lab. The dentist permanently bonds the new crown in place and adjusts its fit and bite. You care for your new crown with daily flossing and twice-daily brushing, just as you do with natural teeth. Crowns also anchor fixed bridgework to span gaps created by one or more missing teeth in a row.

What to Do

If possible, save the pieces of your dental crown and any tooth fragments, too. Dental crowns are fabricated from very durable materials such as gold, porcelain with zirconia and porcelain fused to metal. However, over time, normal wear and tear can deteriorate your crown (Normal "lifespan" is 5 to 15 years according to the Cleveland Clinic.) Plus, biting into hard foods or of course, a blow to the mouth, may dislodge or break any restoration regardless of its age.

Next, call Dr. Culver's office. Depending on your symptoms and events leading up to losing the crown, he may want to see you right away. Less urgent situations may wait until the next day. In the meantime, these measures provide comfort:

  1. Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain.
  2. Avoid hot or cold foods or beverages as the damaged tooth may be temperature sensitive.
  3. Place orthodontic wax, available at your local drugstore, over any jagged surfaces as needed.

When your Brookfield dentist examines your tooth, he may discover that only the crown is damaged and may be repaired or replaced. However, sometimes a crown dislodges because the underlying tooth has decayed. In that case, the dentist addresses the decay issue before replacing the crown.

How are Your Teeth?

The best way to avoid deterioration of crowns and other restorations is semi-annual exams and cleanings with Dr. Culver. Along with checking your mouth for oral cancer, gum disease, and dental decay, Dr. Culver carefully inspects the condition of your dental crowns, bridges, partials, dental implants, fillings, veneers and other restorative and cosmetic work. Preventive dentistry can't guarantee you won't lose a crown or filling, but it definitely helps keep teeth and gums healthy.

If you experience a sudden oral health issue, call Dr. Culver's office in Brookfield, WI right away at (262) 782-1655 to receive the help you deserve.