Protect fragile teeth with dental crowns treatment in Willoughby Hills
The goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible, and dental crowns offer a versatile treatment to protect teeth that are damaged due to decay, trauma, or wear and tear caused by bruxism. Dr. Stern and the team at Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills offer treatment to prevent tooth loss and restore your smile.
How dental crowns protect your teeth
Dental crowns act like protective caps for your teeth, and they cover the entire visible portion of a tooth. While they are made from a wide variety of materials, Dr. Stern prefers to use ceramic or gold crowns because many people have sensitivities to the metals used in other types of crowns. Ceramic provides a natural-looking restoration that mimics the sheen of your teeth, while gold can withstand more bite force.
Dr. Stern may recommend a dental crown to add structure and support to teeth after treating large cavities or repair cracked and damaged teeth. He may also suggest a dental crown to provide additional protection for teeth with worn enamel and after root canal therapy. Some patients request dental crowns for cosmetic reasons, such as discoloration that won’t respond to whitening or misshapen and uneven teeth.
What to expect from your procedure
Adding a dental crown requires removing the outer layer of dental enamel and reshaping your tooth for a tight fit to seal out bacteria. Dr. Stern will start the procedure by addressing any underlying decay or infection. Once your tooth is cleaned, he will scrape off the enamel with an abrasive tool. Your mouth will be numbed throughout this process, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort.
Once your tooth is prepared, he will take impressions of your mouth to send to the dental lab to craft your restoration. In the meantime, Dr. Stern will make a temporary acrylic crown to protect your tooth. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to the office to get it fitted and bond into place. Dental crowns can last for 15 years or more with proper care, and Dr. Stern will work with you to prevent further issues with your oral health. Contact our office in Willoughby Hills today at (440) 210-0999 to set up an appointment and learn more about how we can help.