For 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.