Posts for tag: dental crowns

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Repairing and saving teeth--those are the main jobs of dental crowns. Crafted from high-grade ceramic, these restorations preserve and protect teeth above the gum line, maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics. Your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott can tell you the many benefits of crowns and if they're right for your oral health needs.

Dental crowns and how dentists use them

They've been around literally for generations, composed of materials such as resilient gold, metal alloys fused to ceramic and today's most frequent choice--lifelike porcelain. When a tooth deteriorates or is damaged to the point that a patient considers extraction, your Ann Arbor, MI may offer a crown to cover the tooth above gum level.

First, the Ann Arbor, MI, dentist confirms the need and suitability for a crown by examining and X-raying the weak tooth. If he deems a crown appropriate, he numbs the tooth and uses a high-speed drill to remove decay and old fillings. What's left is healthy tooth structure, sized to receive its porcelain cap.

Oral impressions and instructions from Dr. Walcott tell the dental technician how to create the crown. It may take a week or so for the restoration to return from the lab. Usually, the patient wears a temporary crown in the interim.

For final crown placement, the dentist removes the temporary cap, surface prepares the tooth and bonds on the new crown with a light-activated cement. With a final adjustment for bite, Dr. Walcott completes the procedure.

Benefits of dental crowns

  1. You get to keep your tooth even if extensively damaged through accident, decay, or infection.
  2. With proper oral hygiene at home and at the dental office, crowns last for many years.
  3. Surrounding teeth stay strong and well-supported.
  4. You bite and chew normally.
  5. Your smile looks great because today's dental porcelain is beautifully color-matched and has a sheen, texture, and durability similar to natural tooth enamel.
  6. They restore teeth which have had root canal therapy.
  7. They restore dental implants.
  8. They support multi-tooth bridges.

Learn more about dental crowns

Call the office of Dr. Brett Walcott and Dr. Wayne Wolcott in Ann Arbor, MI, today! You'll receive all the information you need to make the right decision about your oral health and smile appearance. Phone (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the findings of a national survey conducted by the Health Policy Institute (HPI) for the American Dental Association, the dental crowns and bridgesmain reasons many Americans give for putting off or skipping a trip to the dentist are for concerns over affordability, and how much time might be required for appointments and follow-up treatment.

In addition to the potentially serious implications to oral health, skipping dental treatment also means that many people are unnecessarily living with fixable cosmetic imperfections like stains, discolorations, chips, cracks and even missing teeth. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI recommend crowns and bridgework to help restore missing and damaged teeth.

Smile Enhancement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI

A dental crown, which is literally a "cap" designed to resemble the color, texture and function of a natural tooth, is placed over a tooth that has become significantly worn down through decay. Crowns are also used to restore teeth broken or severely chipped in an accident or through a sports injury. For missing teeth, the restoration is attached to two crowns on either side to secure the restoration in place, creating a "bridge." Crowns are also used to strengthen teeth that have become severely weakened and damaged through infection and tooth decay.

Covering the remaining healthy portion of a vulnerable tooth with a crown can prevent an extraction and help to preserve the tooth's root and as a result preserve the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, all of which are essential factors in good oral health. Crowns and bridgework can generally be completed in two office visits, depending on the circumstances of each case. Once in place, crowns look and feel just like natural teeth, giving new life to an otherwise damaged or incomplete smile. They can also improve nutrition and general health in situations where missing teeth have made it difficult to eat.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Ann Arbor, MI

Dental crowns and bridges are among the most affordable and effective treatments available for a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry problems. For more information on the dental restoration treatment that is best for you, contact Walcott Dental by calling (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment today.