Posts for tag: Dental Crowns

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownFor your best personal appearance, self-confidence, and oral health, a complete smile serves you best. That means no failing teeth, gum disease, or smile gaps. If you're concerned about missing teeth or about a tooth or two that are weak or symptomatic, consult your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. Joel Johnson. He offers durable and lifelike porcelain crowns as well as crown-supported bridgework so that your smile is absolutely perfect.

What is a dental crown?

Made of realistic, superior-grade ceramic, a dental crown replaces damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth enamel above the gum line. Crowns support bridges, which are prosthetic appliances composed of one or more artificial teeth in a row. Your dentist in Columbia also uses crowns to restore dental implants and to finish root canal treatments. Crowns return life and function to a deficient smile, and they last a decade or more with good at-home and in-office care.

Should you consider a crown?

If Dr. Johnson recommends that you receive crowns, you definitely should heavily consider having the treatments. From examination, X-rays, and oral impressions, the entire crown process happens at Dr. Johnson's office. Additionally, in most cases, the entire treatment happens in just one visit.

Dr. Johnson carefully crafts crowns digitally using a computer-aided design and manufacturing processes. That's why you can have your restorations in just one day.

Here are the benefits of crowns:

  1. Crowns replace substantial amounts of damaged enamel. Tooth decay, oral injury, infection, and congenital malformation are just some of the reasons why a tooth would require a crown.
  2. Weak, cracked, or decayed teeth do not improve by themselves. The problems only worsen over time, progressing to infection and eventual tooth loss. Crowns halt the damage and support the healthy portions of your tooth.
  3. A crown allows you to keep your natural tooth and its root system. While extraction of a failing tooth may seem preferable because of its lower cost, tooth loss translates to weaker bone, less gum tissue, poor oral function, and a noticeable smile gap.
  4. Crowns are beautiful, realistic in shape, size, and color and last for many years. Furthermore, when they do wear out, they can be replaced.

Caring for crowns

Maintaining your crown is just as important as maintaining your natural teeth and gums. Dr. Johnson recommends the standard American Dental Association guidelines: floss daily and brush twice a day. Also, if you grind your teeth, consider wearing a custom-fabricated night guard to protect your crown and natural teeth from premature wear and other health issues that bruxism causes.

Time for a consultation?

You want a great looking and functioning smile for life. So, contact the office team at Dr. Joel Johnson's Columbia office to schedule your personal crown consultation. Get the facts so that you can make a good decision for your oral health. Phone (803) 788-2555.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Need crowns from your Columbia, SC, dentist?dental crowns

A dental crown is made out of porcelain, or ceramic. Unlike veneers, crowns don't cover only the front surface of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed, or damaged tooth. Crowns can replace a missing tooth when one of your Columbia, SC, dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

Installation of Crowns

There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:

  • Step 1: Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin preparing the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth so it fits under the crown.
     
  • Step 2: A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. The impressions are taken digitally or with the use of a putty-like material and are used as a guide so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
     
  • Step 3: The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a special type of cement or resin.

Caring for Crowns

Improve your dental care by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once before bed. In addition to maintaining a healthy oral regimen, make sure to visit your dentists twice a year for your bi-annual examination. Also, make sure to use fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash and toothpaste, that will help prevent cavities.

Advantages of Crowns

Besides making your smile more aesthetically pleasing, crowns have other advantages:

  • They're used to cover restorative procedures such as root canals and dental implants.
  • Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.
  • They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore improving your bite and capability to chew.
  • Crowns also support fillings that have been dislocated.

For more information on dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson by calling their office at (803) 788-2555.

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.

By Office of Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
August 31, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsLearn more about dental crowns and how they can promote a healthier smile.

While the goal is always to do everything possible to protect your smile sometimes problems still surface that need to be taken care of right away. Whether you cracked a tooth while eating or incurred direct trauma during a rousing game there are many reasons your Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Joel Johnson will recommend getting a dental crown. Find out more about this dental work and what getting one entails.

Q. What are dental crowns?

A. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over an entire tooth to restore strength and function.

Q. What are dental crown made of?

A. This can vary depending on what you are looking to achieve with your dental crowns. Most patients are looking for crowns that blend seamlessly into the rest of their smile rather than looking out of place. While dental crowns made from certain metals like gold can certainly promise superior durability and strength they are more noticeable than porcelain or ceramic crowns, which look more like real teeth.

Q. When are dental crowns necessary?

A. Your Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Johnson may recommend a dental crown to cover a tooth that is damaged or weakened by decay, infection or trauma. Dental crowns are designed to preserve the function and strength of a natural tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. Dental crowns can also be used for purely aesthetic reasons, too. Patients dealing with misshapen or severely stained teeth may benefit from the natural look of a dental crown.

Q. How will my Columbia, SC dentist place my dental crown?

A. A lot will depend on whether you are getting dental crowns for aesthetic purposes or to treat a damaged tooth. If there is decay or an infection present your Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Johnson will remove the decay or go inside the tooth to remove the infection or inflamed dental pulp. Once the tooth has been properly treated then we will take impressions of the tooth in order to create your dental crown.

While your crown is being made a temporary one will be placed over your tooth. Once your crown is designed, we will replace the temporary one with the permanent once and cement it over your tooth for a new smile.

Q. How do I care for dental crowns?

A. Dental crowns don’t require special care, so you can treat them just as you would your natural teeth. Remember that crowns will still need to be brushed and flossed to keep them healthy. Also keep up with your six-month dental checkups to ensure that your crowns remain healthy.

Q. How long do dental crowns last?

A. When cared for properly dental crowns can last up to 15 years or more.

Has your Columbia, SC dentist recommended that you get a dental crown? Protecting your teeth is paramount to a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your upcoming appointment. You’ll be glad you did!



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