Longview area dentist answers, what is a crown for a tooth?
Dr. Clint Bruyere of the Longview area is a general and cosmetic dentist who can help new and existing patients with their dental needs. His patients often benefit from a variety of restorative services, especially when teeth are in need of repair. One of the most popular solutions to broken teeth is a dental crown.
What is a crown? A crown is a restoration for a tooth that is meant to protect the structure and allow it to function properly once again. This porcelain restoration is custom-made for patients and is bonded over the top of a natural tooth. It covers all sides of the tooth and it is made specifically for the patient’s unique needs.
Preparation for a dental crown starts with an evaluation and consultation appointment with Dr. Clint Bruyere to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for this restoration. If it has been decided that a dental crown is best, Dr. Clint Bruyere will start the preparation process. This begins with the removal of tooth enamel. The tooth enamel removed allows the crown to be placed over the natural tooth without adding extra bulk. Removing some of the enamel helps the crown blend in with the smile without looking fake. Impressions are made of the tooth and sent to an outside laboratory where a ceramist fabricates the crown based on specific instructions from the dentist. In three to four weeks, the crown returns back to the dental office during which patients return to the practice for the final placement. Special bonding cement is used to apply the crown over the tooth and provide years of restoration.
Dr. Clint Bruyere of the Longview area is excited to offer dental crowns and many other restorative solutions for patients who want to improve the function and appearance of their smiles. Dental crowns are just one of the many methods of repairing broken teeth. Patients are welcome to contact his practice to learn about the options available for addressing trauma or breakage within the smile.