One bite of your favorite food can be all it takes to turn a cracked tooth into a broken one. Luckily, crowns can help stabilize damaged or fragile teeth. Your Board Certified Colorado Springs Prosthodontist, Dr. Marina Funtik, explains how crowns help protect your teeth.
How do crowns work?
A crown slips over a tooth just like glove fits over your hand. Once in place, crown provides an excellent protection for the tooth.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials that are strong enough to endure the pressure of chewing and biting without breaking. The latest materials crowns are made of today are zirconia and an Emax porcelain which provides for excellent strength and wear resistance.
What dental issues do crowns treat?
Crowns are often used to treat the following issues:
- Fragile teeth: Crowns provide needed stability to teeth in danger of breaking. Cracks, chips, root canals and large fillings can increase the risk that your teeth will fracture eventually.
- Broken teeth: Crowns are used to restore broken teeth and prevent additional damage that can lead to tooth loss.
- Cosmetic problems: In addition to adding strength and stability to damaged or fragile teeth, crowns can also be used to improve cosmetic issues. Crowns are a good solution if you want to hide discolored teeth, teeth that are smaller than surrounding teeth or teeth that are oddly shaped.
What happens when I receive a crown?
Before you receive your new crown, your Colorado Springs Prosthodontist, Dr. Funtik will need to prepare the tooth to ensure a perfect fit for your crown. She'll also make an impression of your teeth for a custom-made crown. Your tooth will be protected with a temporary crown. Once the new crown is custom made, your Prosthodontist will make any necessary adjustments to the fit before permanently cementing it. Caring for your new crown is as simple as brushing and flossing every day.
Do you have a tooth that could benefit from a crown? Your Colorado Springs, CO prosthodontist, Dr. Funtik of Oasis Prosthodontics, will evaluate your teeth and let you know if crowns are the solution to your problem. Call her at (719) 574-2417 to schedule an appointment. Don't risk the health of your fragile or damaged teeth. Protect them with crowns!