What are your treatment options for a deteriorating back tooth? At Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, dental crowns fully restore broken, decayed, cracked, worn teeth with beautiful results. Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk and Dr. William Berguin are known for realistic, long-lasting treatments that make their patients smile.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration made from realistic and durable porcelain. Crafted at a dental lab according to your unique oral impressions, crowns fit directly over the remaining healthy tooth structure. Because of modern fabrication processes, crowns fit and bite accurately and look lifelike. From consultation and examination to tooth preparation to final placement, a dental crown treatment takes two appointments.
Reasons you might need a dental crown
Many oral health situations call for crown placement. They include:
- Completion of root canal therapy on a decayed, abscessed or cracked tooth.
- Restoration of deep decay, cracks, deep chips, and odd congenital shape and size
- Protection and support of damaged teeth
Also, porcelain crowns restore dental implants, and they anchor the opposite sides of fixed bridgework composed of one or more artificial teeth.
Caring for a crown
Keep crown margins free of plaque and tartar at the gum line. Crowns cannot decay, but gum tissue can develop periodontal issues. As the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes and floss every day using whatever flossing product works well for you. See your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams, and avoid anything which could chip or crack your crown, including:
- Biting your fingernails
- Opening bottles or packaging with your teeth
- Teeth clenching or grinding (wear a bite guard at night)
- Accidental injury (wear an athletic mouth guard for contact sports)
Find out more
Whatever your preventive, restorative or cosmetic dental need or goal, the professional staff at Western Slope Dental Care can provide it. Contact us for an appointment and take care of your smile. A crown may be just what you need. Phone (970) 241-3483.