Dental damage won't repair itself. Because you fractured that front tooth, you need the help of an experienced dentist in the Wichita, KS, area. At Wichita Dental Group, Dr. John Lewis offers lifelike dental crowns, tooth-shaped caps which cover and support teeth harmed by decay, multiple restorations, injury and more.
Give that tooth a second chance
In many cases, extraction isn't the only or best way to solve a pressing dental problem. Dr. Lewis can look at that tooth, X-ray it and assess its future usefulness. Frankly, if you can keep a natural tooth, you'll benefit your dental health, oral function, tooth alignment, jaw bone strength and personal appearance. More often than not, your dentist can place a porcelain crown, performing the entire treatment right in his Wichita, KS, office.
What a crown involves
The treatment is comfortable and straightforward:
- Dr. Lewis numbs the tooth and takes oral impressions to get an accurate imprint of the shape and size of your tooth.
- He removes the old fillings, decay and other damage. (In the case of infection, he may perform root canal therapy first.)
- A temporary filling or crown covers the tooth until the permanent restoration is ready.
- Your dentist removes the temporary restoration and uses a strong cement to bond the new one over the tooth.
Today's dental crowns are known for their beauty, durability and natural fit and bite. You'll adjust to that restored tooth quickly and enjoy how it blends it so well with your other teeth.
Caring for crowns
Be sure to floss and brush your crown carefully, along with the rest of your teeth, twice a day. Pay special attention to the border between the crown and gum line to ensure plaque and tartar do not accumulate.
Stop eating super-sticky and extra-hard foods to avoid damaging your crown. Wear a bite guard at night to reduce grinding or clenching your teeth and wearing down your ceramic crown prematurely, says Healthline.
Finally, see your dentist at Wichita Dental Group in Wichita, KS, twice a year for hygienic cleaning and examination. Dr. Lewis will check the condition of that crown to be sure it's wearing well.
Keep all your teeth
A modern dental crown from Wichita Dental Group can help you achieve that goal. Call our helpful office team for an appointment with Dr. John Lewis. He loves making his patients feel good and look their best. Phone (316) 265-0849.