The Role of a Crown When Used By Oklahoma City Dentists

Crowns are a vital tool in a dentist’s arsenal to preserve a patient’s teeth. While often viewed as a cosmetic tool because they’re used to improve a tooth’s appearance, they’re also used to cover up and support a tooth that may have have a large filling where there is not enough tooth left to support itself or to attach a bridge. Additionally, they can be used to keep a weaker tooth from breaking entirely or restore one already broken. Some dentists use Crowns in Oklahoma City to cover up a discolored or mis-shapen tooth or dental implant.

These permanent fixtures in the mouth are unlike dentures which can be removed whenever needed, instead, they’re attached to the existing teeth using dental cement and only a dentist can remove them. Often times, caps or crowns are used to provide structure to the mouth, strengthening a damaged tooth or implant. However, before a crown can be put into the mouth, the tooth or teeth in question must be cut down to size so the crown can cap it or fit over the tooth. To make sure the cap doesn’t stand out among the patient’s teeth, the dentist can match the color of the existing teeth and provide a crown or cap similar in shade type. In most cases, a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is prepared. Once the new appliance is prepared, the dentist is able to take the temporary crown out and put the permanent one over the prepared teeth.

Crowns in Oklahoma City are made to last for the life of the recipient, however, there are times when they become lose and fall out. By practicing proper tooth care and hygiene, you can ensure the bridge last as it should. It’s also important to keep your gums and teeth in good condition, making sure the teeth and gums supporting the remaining tooth are in good condition. If you suspect you need a crown or bridge, contact Baumann and Lanman Dentistry to initiate a consultation and examination. The dentist will be able to give you a good idea of the cost and chance of success at the examination.

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