December 5, 2014
When a tooth becomes injured, decayed, or generally damaged, there are several restorative dental treatments to consider. One restorative treatment that is commonly performed is the placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns restore and protect weak, damaged teeth in order to strengthen the tooth and restore comfortable oral function. Many of Dr. Wayne Myles’ Reston patients are dental crown candidates because this restorative treatment has such a wide range of applications. Below we discuss some of the many cases in which a dental crown may be a suitable dental treatment.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have a variety of potential uses. They can restore a tooth that has been damaged or weakened by a number of oral health problems. Because dental crowns have so many uses, a great number of patients are ideal candidates for treatment. A patients who suffers from any of the following dental problems is likely to be a good candidate for dental crown treatment:
- Advanced stages of tooth decay
- Moderate to severe tooth erosion
- A traumatic oral injury
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- A root canal infection
- A misshaped tooth
- Difficulty or pain performing oral functions
- Severe tooth discoloration or other cosmetic blemishes on the tooth
While patients who suffer from any of the above conditions on one or more of the teeth are likely good candidates for dental crowns treatment, the only way to accurately determine candidacy is through a dental examination with an experienced dentist such as Dr. Myles. Dr. Myles will examine the condition of both the teeth and gums in order to recommend the most appropriate restorative treatment option for each patient’s unique situation.
Dental Crowns Treatment
For those who are candidates for dental crowns treatment, the procedure is fairly simple. Using local anesthetic, Dr. Myles can ensure that the procedure is completely comfortable for his patients. To begin treatment, Dr. Myles will prepare the tooth for application of the dental crown. This will involve reshaping the tooth and removing any damaged or infected tooth enamel. Molds will then be taken of the tooth so that a dental crown can be fabricated based on each patient’s specific oral measurements. This will guarantee the most natural and comfortable fit. A temporary crown will then be placed while the permanent dental crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory. When the final fabrication is complete, it will be tested for fit and then cemented into place with a dental bonding material.
While dental crowns are appropriate in a number of cases, not all patients are candidates for treatment. If Dr. Myles does not believe that a dental crown is the best treatment, alternate options will be discussed. Other restorative treatment options that may be considered are inlays and onlays, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a tooth that appears to be damaged or weakened and you believe that a dental crown may be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne Myles at your earliest convenience. Dr. Myles will be happy to examine your teeth and recommend a treatment that will restore the health and beauty of your teeth and smile. We look forward to hearing from you!
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