By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your damaged tooth worth saving? Of course, it is if you wish to preserve your smile's appearance and functionality. No tooth is a dental crownsthrowaway. So explore the possibility of a dental crown from Columbia, SC dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson. Read details here on how dental crowns salvage cracked, abscessed or decayed teeth.

What is a dental crown in Columbia?

Your parents or grandparents probably called it a cap, and it may have been made of gold or other precious metal. This tooth-shaped protective jacket may still be fashioned from gold, but more typically today's caps, or dental crowns in Columbia, are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM).

Dr. Johnson gives his patient choice of material when he evaluates a tooth which has weakened due to numerous fillings, deep decay, dental abscess or oral trauma. He looks carefully at the tooth and gums and takes digital X-rays to evaluate its roots and supporting bone.

If a crown is a good option, he writes a treatment plan and takes oral impressions. These casts of the tooth in question and its neighbors help the dental lab construct the crown, shaping and shading it for perfect fit and bite. Dr. Johnson offers same-day crowns, too, which speed up the process significantly, avoiding long waits for crowns to return from the lab.

The dental crown procedure

This requires a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before the dentist shapes the enamel. Sometimes he must build-up the remaining structure with a post to provide a sufficient base to receive the restoration. After Dr. Johnson prepares the tooth, he uses a special adhesive to bond the crown in place. A final bite adjustment finishes the crown.

Additionally, an ailing tooth may require root canal therapy before receiving a crown. This reliable treatment removes diseased nerves, connective tissue and blood supply from the tooth's interior chambers or root canals. Once sealed and given sufficient healing time, the tooth is ready for crown placement.

Crowns also restore today's superior tooth replacements, dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium metal cylinder or screw, surgically inserted into a tooth socket to replace the missing natural root. A metal extension and custom-crafted porcelain crown finish the artificial tooth for realistic appearance and oral function.

Preserving your crown

Most crowns last ten to fifteen years, although ones made of precious metal last even longer. Key to longevity is good oral hygiene--that is, brushing, flossing and professional cleanings to remove plaque and prevent tartar accumulation. These bacteria-laden "biofilms" cause periodontitis, or gum disease, an enemy of natural teeth, restorations such as crowns and dental implants.

Keep that tooth

Why not look into a dental crown? It's a great alternative to extraction and can give your tooth the second chance it deserves. Call Dr. Johnson today for a restorative dentistry consultation in Columbia, SC: (803) 788-2555.

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Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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