What Are Dental Crowns?
By Temiko G. Braswell, D.D.S.
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramYour dentist, Dr. Temiko Braswell, at Braswell Family Dentistry in Perry, GA offers lifelike porcelain crowns which shore up damaged enamel and normalize appearance, biting, chewing and speaking. You can have a beautifully complete, strong smile.

The advantages of dental crowns

A dental crown replaces chipped, decayed or misshapen tooth enamel with a customized, tooth-shaped cover of high-grade dental ceramic. Based on Dr. Braswell's findings after an exam, X-rays and oral impressions, she'll map out your treatment options. If a crown is one of them, she'll carefully shape the remaining tooth structure and fit a temporary restoration. When your new crown returns from the dental lab, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and use a special adhesive to bond the permanent one in place.

Modern dental crowns are more realistic than ever before. Their fit and bite are precise and the shading and shape is natural-looking, blending in with surrounding teeth so well that people won't even notice you're wearing a crown. However, they will notice how beautiful your smile is and how healthy you look.

Caring for your crown

It's simple, really. Just:

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, as recommended by the American Dental Association
  • Floss around your new restoration daily to remove harmful plaque and avoid periodontal problems around the crown
  • See your dentist in her Perry office twice a year for a complete examination and professional cleaning

Dr. Braswell carefully checks her patients' restorations, such as crowns and fillings, to look for cracks, looseness or other issues which could compromise their function and oral health.

What else can a crown do?

Porcelain crowns finish dental implants. In other words, a crown is the part of an implant that you actually see. Additionally, crowns support fixed bridgework composed of one or more adjacent artificial teeth. Finally, crowns cover teeth restored by endodontic therapy or root canal treatment.

The choice is yours

Of course, Dr. Braswell wants your smile to thrive. If she recommends a dental crown to save your compromised tooth, rest assured it's a good option for the longevity, health and appearance of your smile. Worried about a tooth? Explore what the team at Braswell Family Dentistry can do. Call today for an appointment: (478) 988-3200.