When a tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are made custom to cover the needed tooth and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC, a crown can treat tooth decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Dr. James Mills creates custom crowns with a choice of materials to meet your goals, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills to find out how a custom dental crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also enhancing the total appearance and health of your mouth.
A crown may be wanted or needed in several different ways. They may be placed to cover a decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping or it may hold together an already cracked tooth. Dental crowns may also cover a worn-down or loose tooth. They can be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or hide discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is chosen with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal is usually stronger, which makes it better suited for the less visible molars and pre-molars. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often selected for the visible teeth and custom made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth. In your consultation, Dr. Mills will explain your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your budget and needs.
What To Expect
At your consultation, Dr. Mills will take dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your custom crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be used to soothe any fears or anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Mills will prep your tooth by cleaning away any decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Mills can adjust the fit of your crown so that it is comfortable.
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is complete and continue your daily activities. Dr. Mills or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning. During your yearly examinations at Market Common Dentistry, Dr. Mills will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. He will tell you when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you notice any trouble with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), contact our office immediately. Do not try to repair it or reattach it because this may cause an infection or a bad fit.
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Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be repaired with a custom crown at Market Common Dentistry. Talk to Dr. Mills about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your other teeth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a customized crown can blend with your teeth for a beautiful smile. Contact our team in Myrtle Beach, SC to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills.