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Want to know more about getting a dental crown?
Has our Bristow, VA, dentist Dr. Steve Pleickhardt recommended that you get a dental crown? If so, you may be online trying to learn as much as you can about a crown before you get it. A crown is a very versatile and common type of restorative dentistry. Of course, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to dental crowns and what they can offer your smile.
How Dental Crowns Work
A dental crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped cap that covers and protects the crown of a tooth. This dental cap is custom-made to fit perfectly over your tooth to the gum line. The crowns that our Bristow, VA, family dentist offers is made to look just like a real tooth, so it’s often crafted from tooth-colored material such as porcelain since porcelain mimics the look of natural tooth enamel and is also incredibly durable.
Preparing for Your Crown
To get a dental crown, our dental team will first need to treat and prepare the tooth. If there is an infection present, we will need to perform root canal therapy to treat the tooth first. If the tooth is cracked or chipped, we will need to file away these fractured parts to prevent it from getting worse. We will also need to shave down the tooth so the crown can fit over it.
Once the tooth is prepared, we will need to take impressions of your mouth. These impressions offer exact measurements of the tooth for a dental lab. The lab will use this mold of your tooth to create your custom dental crown. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for your crown to be made. Once we have your crown, you’ll come into the office to check the fit, shape, and overall look of your new restoration before we permanently bond the crown to the tooth.
Caring for Your Crown
While a crown is quite durable, how well you care for your crown will determine its longevity. You will want to brush and floss it and keep it as clean as you would all of your natural teeth. You will always want to be careful not to eat anything too hard and crunchy, which could break your crown.
Interested in meeting with our Bristow, VA, dentist today to find out if a crown can preserve your damaged, misshapen or decayed tooth? Call American Dental today at (703) 753-6695 to schedule a consultation.
How your emergency dentist in Bristow, Virginia can help when you have a dental emergency.
If you or a family member has a dental emergency, it can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. You can prevent some of the stress by being prepared for it when it happens.
Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia is an emergency dentist who knows what to do when you have a dental emergency.
There are all kinds of things that can lead to a dental emergency including a sports injury, vehicle accident, or even just untreated tooth decay.
If you want to be prepared, you should gather together a dental first aid kit for your home or car. The dental first aid kit should contain:
- Tylenol tablets or other pain medication
- Sterile saline solution for rinsing
- Sterile gauze patches or tissue
- A small container with a lid
- Dr. Pleickhardt’s office address, phone number, and after-hours contact numbers
If you or a family member suffers a dental emergency, remember to:
- Gently clean the area free of blood and debris
- Press a piece of gauze or tissue to the area to stop the bleeding
- If you have chipped or broken a tooth, you also need to rinse your mouth out
- Apply an ice pack on the area to reduce swelling
- If you have knocked a tooth out of position, gently try to place the tooth in the proper position
If you have knocked a tooth out completely, rinse the tooth off, being careful to only handle the tooth by the crown and not the roots. This is to avoid contaminating the roots with bacteria.
Place the tooth in the container with saline solution to keep it moist. If you don’t have a container, the tooth can also be placed between the cheek and gum.
Being prepared for a dental emergency can help you or a family member do well in a stressful situation. To find out more about dental emergencies and dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia at (703) 753-6695. Call today.