A dental crown is designed to surround and protect a tooth after it has been weakened. Patients frequently cringe at the cost involved, but the cost of losing a natural tooth can be considerably more. Dr. Gillespie will examine the health of the teeth, and make recommendations based on the needs of the patient. In some situations, this may include a dental crown. Our team at Life Long Dental make the needs of the patient our priority, and extending the life of your teeth is one of the ways in which we do this.
When the strength of a tooth has been compromised, whether from a large filling, a root canal therapy treatment, or fractures to the tooth, it is best to protect the natural tooth structure by covering it with a crown. Without this added strength, the tooth may be subject to breakage or even extraction. You want to protect your natural teeth as best as you can, your oral health relies on it.
This patient presented with decay on their molars.
Restored teeth with all-ceramic crowns to a naturally white smile.
A dental crown is a customized shell designed to fit your tooth and the dentition of its positioning. Crowns are available in a variety of materials, each with their pros and cons. We are happy to review your options with you and make recommendations based on the position of the tooth that we are covering. Your options will include:
Placing your Dental CrownPlacing your dental crown is a simple procedure done in our office. Dr. Gillespie will clean the area, to reduce the incidence of infection. This includes ensuring that the original tooth has any decay removed, you do not want the tooth to continue to decay under the crown. The original tooth is then reduced slightly in size to have room to fit the crown. The tooth is again cleansed, and the crown is cemented into place. Dr. Gillespie will make any necessary adjustments to your crown ensuring that your bite is correct. Your dental crown should last you many years with proper care.
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