Crowns are kind of a big thing these days. Take that show on Netflix about the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Boatloads of Americans love watching the travails of England’s royal family. Who needs the Boston Tea Party anyway?

Dr. Smith prefers a crown of a different sort, dental crowns. He uses dental crowns to strengthen damaged teeth and to anchor bridges.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a prosthesis that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, interestingly also called the “crown” of the tooth. A dental crown fits over the tooth, covering it all the way down to the gumline. Dr. Smith uses only porcelain for crowns at Dental Arts of Hedgesville, as he believes in the strength and aesthetics of porcelain.

What does a crown do?

When a tooth is severely damaged, its strength is compromised. Maybe it is cracked. Maybe it has a large filling already in it, and new decay has formed. Maybe there is so much decay that removing it won’t leave a great amount of the original tooth. When this happens, the tooth is so weakened that it will eventually need to be extracted.

But not if you put a crown on it. A crown returns the strength to the tooth. It enables the patient to use the tooth again, rather than having to replace it with an implant or a bridge.

Crowns are also used as the anchors for dental bridges. Two crowns are placed on the two teeth on each side of the missing tooth. They support the artificial tooth in the middle.

How is a crown placed?

Dr. Smith places crowns in two visits. During the first visit, he prepares the tooth for the crown. First, he removes any decay or damage. The tooth (or teeth) is then prepared for the crown. This involves removing a portion of the healthy tooth on all sides and on top. This makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth. Next, he takes impressions and photographs of your teeth. The dental lab uses these to fabricate the crown. The photos allow the lab technicians to match the color of the adjacent natural teeth. While waiting the two weeks or so that it takes to make your crown, Dr. Smith places a temporary crown on your tooth.

When your crown is finished you return, and Dr. Smith checks the finish and the color match of your crown. Once you and he are satisfied with the fit, the crown is cemented permanently onto the tooth and you’re good to go.

Now you know all about crowns beyond Prince Harry. Call us at Dental Arts of Hedgesville, (304) 754-8803, to schedule your next appointment.

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