John cracked his tooth at the latest superhero movie. He scooped a handful of popcorn in his mouth at a key moment in the film. He bit down — hard — and bit into an unpopped kernel.
Jane was playing for her company’s softball team, or she was supposed to. While warming up, she got distracted when someone on the other team yelled out her name. As a result, the softball hit her square in the mouth and broke one of her teeth.
Jimmy had a cavity back when he was a teenager. That was more than a few years ago, and he’s had his filling replaced more times than he can remember. He’s ready for something more permanent (and he’s isn’t sure what’s left of his tooth can support another filling).
All of these patients can help themselves by getting a dental crown from the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Over the past 22 years, we have repaired thousands of teeth with crowns, and we could fix your teeth too. Call 256-801-0002 today to schedule an appointment.
Crowns are a key part of restorative dentistry. With modern crowns, your smile will look whole. Your teeth will look natural, and just as important, they will feel like real teeth when you are ready to eat.
Historically, people used to have to choose between metal crowns that brought back the function of damaged teeth or crowns that looked somewhat natural.
In modern dentistry, the crowns we make look like real teeth, and they have the durability to last for decades with proper care.
Now, let’s look at how crowns could help patients like the ones we described in our introduction.
John’s cracked tooth may be painful enough already. The longer he leaves that crack untreated, the more likely it is to grow, which could require a tooth removal if he doesn’t get help soon enough.
The first step would be to get rid the crack by removing that part of his tooth. What’s left of his healthy tooth could be shaped in a way that it could support his crown. While our dental lab partner makes his crown, John will wear a temporary crown to protect his tooth.
When the permanent crown is finished, we’ll bond it to his teeth and his smile will be as good as new.
We could do something quite similar for patients like Jane (with a broken tooth) or Jimmy (with his repeated fillings). As long as enough healthy tooth remains, it can be used to support the crown.
This is even true for patients with tooth infections. To remove the infection, a patient is likely to need a root canal treatment. After the infected pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth is sanitized and filled, a dental crown is often the final step in rebuilding the tooth so it looks and works normally again.
Replacing Missing Teeth
As much as we wish this wasn’t the case, some people are going to have teeth knocked out. Some people will not seek help for a toothache until it’s too late and a tooth has to be removed.
In these situations, a crown can be part of the solution once again.
Multiple crowns can be fused together to build a dental bridge. This can be bonded to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap in someone’s smile. The healthy teeth provide the support so the bridge can remain in place.
An even better solution for many patients is to get a dental implant. Implants were developed to replace the roots of missing teeth.
The implant is placed directly into the jawbone where the root once was. The implant provides a stable and secure foundation to support a crown. When the crown is attached, you will have complete “tooth” once again. This also means you don’t have to do anything to the healthy teeth in your mouth.
Crowns have always been closely associated with restorative care, but they can be a good cosmetic option as well.
Sometimes individual teeth become discolored. This can happen for a number of reasons. One tooth may develop more stains than others because of a habitual way of eating or drinking. A tooth may have changed color because of an injury as well.
Regardless, you can change your smiles by fixing that tooth so it blends in with your smile instead of standing out.
It’s also possible that you may have certain teeth that have experience more wear and tear than others. This can be the result of an alignment issue with your bite. It also can be the result of how you eat certain foods and the kinds of foods that you choose to eat.
By getting a crown, your tooth can be restored to its original shape and size.
More Restorative Options
Modern crowns are wonderful, but they are just one of the ways we can help rebuild your smile.
If you notice the signs tooth decay such as a dark spot forming on a tooth, it’s best to visit our office as soon as you can. By taking action early, you may not need a crown.
We provide tooth-colored fillings at our practice. These provide the same restorative qualities as metal fillings without the distracting metallic gleam.
We mentioned root canal treatments earlier. These are necessary when your decay gets deep inside your tooth. This can cause an infection in the pulp, which requires us to remove it as well as the nerves and blood vessels for that tooth.
With sedation dentistry, you won’t feel anything as we remove the infection and rebuild your tooth.
Dental inlays and onlays are other options that could be perfect for you. When the damage to a tooth isn’t quite enough to require a crown, you can get an inlay or onlay instead. Which one is right for you will depend on the where your tooth was damaged.
Recreate Your Smile
If something happens to your teeth, Dr. Perkins can help restore your smile to its former glory. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online to schedule an appointment and find out if a crown or another of our restorative services is right for you.