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By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns spare failing or misshapen teeth. They just may be the key to restoring your smile to natural appearance and perfect oral function. Your dentist in Monroe, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, uses various materials to craft these realistic restorations. Learn the details on why she recommends crowns and how they are placed and cared for.
 
What is a dental crown?
 
A dental crown strengthens a tooth compromised by decay, a substantial crack or chip, several fillings, abscess (Infection) after a root canal is completed or odd shape and size. In the past, dentists considered a variety of crown materials (gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal), but nowadays, dentists, such as Dr. Murphy in Monroe, use a strong tooth-colored material in most applications as their material of choice.
 
Known for its lifelike color, sheen and durability, zirconium can be shaded and shaped to replace a substantial amount of tooth structure above the gum line. Your dentist and dental lab technician confer on a treatment plan, including your X-rays and impressions of your mouth, to produce a crown that complements your appearance and which has the resiliency to bite and chew for years to come. In fact, says the American Dental Association, many crowns last at least a decade or even longer.
 
Other uses for crowns
 
Besides restoring a single, decayed tooth, Dr. Murphy may use a dental crown to:

  • Finish and support a tooth saved by root canal therapy
  • Complete a single-tooth dental implant (a titanium root inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth)
  • Support fixed bridgework (typically two crowns attach one or more artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth)
  • Build-up a tooth which is healthy but has a less than pleasing color, shape or size

Crowns require more enamel reduction (shaping with a high-speed drill and other instruments) than do restorations such as porcelain veneers. However, crowns also are exceptionally strong because they are three-dimensional and withstand the intense pressure exerted when a person bites and chews (particularly on the back teeth).

Crown care

It's as simple as caring for any other tooth:

  • Brush twice daily.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Get your six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Murphy.
  • Watch what you chew (no taffy, peanut brittle or non-food items)
  • Wear a custom-fit bite guard if you habitually grind or clench your teeth

Obviously, then, you'll be protecting your crown from plaque and tartar at its margins and from excessive wear and tear.

A beautiful smile that lasts!

Together, you and Dr. Murphy will work toward that goal. If you have a worrisome tooth, a dental crown could help. Look into the possibilities at a consultation with Dr. Murphy and her team. Call the office, and we'll be happy to give you a convenient appointment to learn more: (734) 242-4744.

By Jeanette C. Murphy DDS, PLC
May 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How dental crowns can give you an outstanding smile
 
Today’s dental crowns can take care of many dental problems. Are you wondering if dental crowns can help your smile? Dr. Jeanette C. dental crownsMurphy in Monroe, Michigan offers dental crowns that are the perfect answer to repairing your smile.

Dental crowns are the right choice for dental problems like these:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Severe loss of tooth structure
  • Worn down, eroded, aging teeth
  • Protecting teeth after root canal treatment

Crowns are a strong dental restoration. They cover the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. When your tooth is covered completely, the force of biting and chewing is spread out evenly across your entire tooth surface, protecting your tooth.

Dental crowns are also an excellent choice if you want to enhance the beauty of your smile. They can give you a naturally beautiful smile. That’s because porcelain and zirconium are often used as the perfect crown materials since they reflect light and resemble natural tooth enamel. Full porcelain or zirconium crowns are an excellent choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when you smile.

You can also choose porcelain which has been fused to a metal underlay. This type of crown is known as a PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crown. PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain. PFM crowns are the perfect choice for back teeth where extra strength is needed for chewing.

To read more detailed information about dental crowns, please visit the Dental Crowns section on the website at https://www.mymonroedentist.com/dental-crowns.html
Dental crowns are right for many dental problems, and they can help your smile too. To find out more about what dental crowns can do for your smile, call Dr. Jeanette Murphy in Monroe, Michigan today. Call at (734) 242-4744.

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.