Tooth decay and injury are the two main reasons how teeth become damaged. Should this happen, you and your dentist must decide how much of the tooth can be saved. Dental crowns are an effective way to repair a damaged tooth. Crowns can help maintain your smile and restore the functionality of chewing and biting.
At Kanning Dental, we use a mold of the existing damaged tooth to create a new tooth cover/crown that matches your surrounding teeth. This crown is then placed over the damaged tooth and allows it to function as if it were one of your natural teeth; restoring and improving your smiling and eating.
Located right here in both Richmond, MO and Lawson, MO, Dr. Nelson Kanning, DDS wants his patients to know and understand all of the treatment options that are available along with the advantages that they provide. Below are some of the reasons why a dental crown might be the right option for you
1. Relieves Discomfort
As part of a treatment plan to restore and improve the function of your teeth, Dr. Kanning uses crowns to repair the structure of the tooth and enamel. Crowns are often used if there is extensive damage to the tooth due to decay or injury to the tooth (chips, fractures and breaks). In cases of severe damage, you may feel pain or may have constant discomfort from drinking and chewing.
Once the underlying cause of the problem is diagnosed, Dr. Kanning will devise an appropriate treatment plan, which could include filling or a crown or possibly an even more invasive procedure such as a root canal. The crown can reduce your tooth sensitivity and also protect the tooth from further damage.
2. Simple Procedure
Getting a dental crown is not a complex procedure. It is a rather simple procedure and minimally invasive. The damaged parts of your unhealthy tooth will be removed and the enamel cleaned and prepped, Dr. Kanning will then make a mold of your tooth so that a cast can be done. It will take about 2 weeks for your permanent crown to cast. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth while you wait to be fitted with your permanent crown. This permanent crown will be placed over your existing tooth with a very strong bonding cement.
All crowns are custom-made for each patient. Dr. Kanning will match the size and shape of your tooth, including the particular shade of white that closely matches your current teeth. Initially, you may have a little swelling after the crown is placed but soon you may even forget you have one, and unless you mention it, most people won’t even know you have one.
4. Restore your smile
Not only can crowns restore functionality to damaged teeth, they can improve the look of your smile cosmetically. Crowns are used to correct many imperfections including discoloration from foods and crooked teeth. They may also be used to repair broken/chipped/fractured teeth as well. Because some of these issues are purely cosmetic, your insurance company may not cover the procedure; similar to porcelain veneers or bonding. The staff here at Kanning Dental will guide you through the insurance process discussing what is and what is not covered
5. Dental crowns last for years
Dr. Kanning only uses the finest materials in creating dental crowns. As long as patients practice good oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing along with routine dental cleanings and examinations at Kanning Dental, dental crowns can last from 15 to 30 years.
Enjoy Your Restored Smile
If you would like to correct your dental issues or improve the look of your smile, Kanning Dental is here to discuss your options. Contact us online or call us in Richmond, MO at (816) 776-7134 or in Lawson, MO at (816) 580-4191 to learn more about dental crowns or any other dental treatments including routine care.