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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A broken or damaged tooth can leave you with an unsightly, painful, and irritating situation. However, with help from a dental crown, your dental crownsdentist can restore your tooth and its biting surface ensuring that you can eat and speak normally. Find out more about dental crowns, what they are, and what your dentist can use them for with Dr. Jeanette Murphy at her practice in Monroe, MI.

What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-colored dental restoration which fits over a tooth in order to protect it. However, dentists also use crowns for other purposes. A crown on either side of a dental bridge holds it in place. A crown can also cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. In addition to cosmetic improvements, crowns can also stabilize a tooth with a large filling, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, or ensure that your cracked tooth does not become further damaged.

What is the procedure for a crown like?
Crowns usually require two separate visits. First your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive the crown by removing small parts of enamel from its outer edges. This makes room for the crown and aides in the bonding process. Then, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a dental laboratory who, in turn, uses it as a guide to design and create your dental crown. Your second appointment will be about two weeks later after the lab has had time to customize the crown. At your second appointment, your dentist will fit and adjust your crown to the tooth and permanently place it into the mouth using dental cement. Your dentist will make a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth between visits.

Dental Crowns in Monroe, MI
If you think you need a dental crown, you should consult with your dentist. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Murphy in Monroe, MI. Call (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment for a consultation or examination with Dr. Murphy today!

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
December 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns from Monroe, MI dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy strengthen and enhance the appearance of damaged teeth. Typically, teeth dental crownswhich require these tooth-shaped jackets are decayed, cracked, filled multiple times, or are infected. Do you have an ailing tooth and wish to avoid the problems associated with extraction? Then, read here about dental crowns and how they may help your oral health and personal appearance.

What Causes a Tooth to Fail?

Decay is the most common cause of tooth loss, says the World Health Organization (WHO). However, dental health also may be compromised by repeated fillings, resulting in weak tooth structure leading to fracture. A dental abscess and oral trauma severely compromise the integrity of teeth both above and below the gum line, too.

How Dental Crowns Can Help

Custom-crafted from precious metals, such as porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM) or zirconia (the most natural looking), crowns fit right over the top of remaining healthy tooth structure. Dr. Murphy inspects the tooth in question and also X-rays it to visualize its internal structure and roots below the gum line.

If most of the tooth and interior pulp are viable, she can remove the fractured or decayed portions and then shape the remaining enamel to receive a crown. Choice of materials depends on patient preference, budget and where the tooth is located. Front teeth benefit from the beauty of zirconia crowns. Molars, however, may function best with PFM restoration because chewing creates tremendous physical forces in the back of the mouth.

The Crown Process

It's simple. First, the doctor will make you comfortable with an injection of local anesthetic. When the tooth and the area around it are numb, she'll prepare and shape the healthy portion to accept a crown. Some teeth need a post or other augmentation to support a crown.

Dr. Murphy takes impressions, or molds, of your mouth, so the dental lab knows how to fashion the new restoration. While you wait for your crown (a week or so), you'll wear a temporary crown so you can eat and speak normally.

On your return visit, you'll receive the crown. Dr. Murphy gently will take off the temporary crown and then, using a special adhesive, bond the new one in place. Most crowns bite well with the first try-on, but the dentist may have to make some simple adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.

Other Uses of Crowns

Besides saving individual teeth, dental crowns restore dental implants and anchor conventional bridgework. These tooth replacements successfully fill gaps and confer excellent oral function and smile aesthetics.

Don't Wait

If you are concerned about the health of a particular tooth, please contact Dr. Murphy's office staff in Monroe, MI to arrange a consultation. A crown could save your tooth and your smile. Call (734) 242-4744.