Priti Naik, DDS Has You Covered
Cracked, broken, or worn teeth can be distressing, and can even make one hide a smile! For many people, a filling may be a viable solution when problems like these arise. However when damage to a tooth is extensive, sometimes a filling won’t do the job.
There are resolutions to fix your teeth and show your bright smile – they’re called crowns! Crowns can return structure to your teeth along with strengthening them, sealing cracks, and restoring a fracture. A tooth with extensive decay or damage can also have a crown placed on it so the tooth can function.
Don’t worry – crowns are made to look natural! A digital X-ray along with impressions of the gums and teeth are made and sent to a laboratory. They include the color, length, width, height, and shape of the tooth to make sure the crown fits exactly. Until the permanent crown is created, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth. To make sure that the crown fits over the tooth, the dentist reduces the tooth after they have measured the crown to fit.
As soon as you get your crown, if you have any problems, you can report them to the Dr. Priti Naik. She will check your crowns at your regular visits.
Priti Naik, DDS takes crowns seriously. She uses only precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. In order to maintain a fully beautiful white smile, we recommend that you invest in the all-ceramic crowns. Everyone’s natural tooth color is different – we have a precise color matching system that allows us to find the right shade or porcelain to blend with your natural color!
An average crown lasts about five to eight years. Some things that may reduce or damage the crown are chewing hard foods or ice, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth unintentionally. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients. Although you should always clean your teeth twice a day, this is key when dealing with crowns. You can also floss on the crown area to remove plaque. Pay particularly attention to where the gum meets the tooth – that is where gum disease and dental decay can form.
Here at Dr. Naik’s, we can design, fit, and place your crown in just a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you will treat it with extra care, just as a natural tooth. Be sure to see us a least once every six months or two times each year for professional cleaning and a preventive exam as well!