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Here at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, your dentists, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, place porcelain crowns to cover, support, and strengthen damaged teeth. Have a weakened tooth or molar? This reliable restoration might be right for your smile.
Also known as dental caps, crowns are porcelain restorations that replace missing/decayed tooth enamel or old filling material. Your Madison dentists use these custom-made crowns as both alternatives to tooth extraction, as well as to top dental implants, restore teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, and to anchor single or multi-tooth bridges.
To determine if a crown is appropriate for your situation, Dr. Thomasson will examine the tooth with a digital X-ray screening and a complete oral examination. Teeth needing crowns may have obvious cracks/chips or symptoms of decay or infection, such as dental sensitivity, toothache pain, or darkened enamel.
If a crown is right for you...
Your dentist will numb the tooth, remove the damaged portions, and shape the structure so that it can properly receive the restorative crown. Following these steps, you will wear a temporary cap as a dental lab fashions your permanent crown.
During your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. Taking only a few minutes to complete, this process needs no local anesthetic and entails Dr. Thomasson using a special and durable adhesive to bond your crown over your prepared tooth. A quick bite adjustment completes the treatment
It looks and feels real
Today's dental crowns look amazingly natural, and typically they last for ten years or more, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). However, proper at-home care (brushing and flossing) and regular in-office examinations/cleanings are essential to maintain this longevity.
Additionally, to avoid premature wear on your crown, you should limit your consumption of hard foods such as nuts and caramels, and take precautions to avoid tooth grinding. If you have this latter problem, ask your dentist about a bite guard—it will extend the life of your crown (and all your teeth) and help your jaw stay healthy, functional, and pain-free.
A durable, attractive smile...with no gaps
Keep your damaged tooth by remaking it with a dental crown from Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN. Phone us today at (615) 865-1732.