About Dental Crowns – Birmingham Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
When it comes to dealing with major tooth decay, tooth damage, and other serious dental emergencies, one of the best options available is dental crowns. Dr. Michael Maniscalco will use his dental care knowledge and his understanding of spatial relations to craft exceptional dental restorations that can last you a lifetime.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are specially crafted dental restorations that fit right over a decayed or damaged tooth. This snug fit is one reason that people often think of dental crowns as dental caps. These crowns are fashioned out of porcelain or zirconium depending on a patient’s needs. Both materials are tooth colored, meaning that they will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. When in place, the dental crowns will restore your bite strength as well as the beauty of your smile.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Crowns
The best candidates for dental crowns at our Birmingham practice are people who have experienced severe tooth decay or tooth damage. We will always do our best to save a tooth
by restoring its structure. These candidates should be in otherwise good dental health and have realistic expectations about what dental crowns can achieve.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
The dental crowns treatment process is rather straightforward and helps ensure excellent results. First your tooth is prepped for the dental crown, which means removal of damaged or decayed tooth structure. Next an impression is taken of the tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab which will craft a permanent crown. Dr. Maniscalco will then place this permanent dental crown, ensuring that it is securely in place, looks natural, and fits properly with the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Once your dental crown is in place, Dr. Maniscalco will provide you with instructions on how to maintain the crown and ensure that it lasts you a lifetime. He won’t just stress basic dental hygiene. He also provide you with information on dietary concerns and other health matters that may affect the condition of your teeth.
Risks and Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are numerous benefits to getting dental crowns and few risks. The greatest benefits are restored aesthetics and bite strength. You will be able to smile without feeling self-conscious and eat your favorite foods again without pain, sensitivity, or discomfort. With that said, we will always opt for a more conservative dental treatment at our Birmingham practice when we can.
Our Approach to Cosmetic and Restorative Treatment
We mention this conservative approach to dentistry because having a natural tooth in place is better than having a dental restoration. Dental crowns, while effective, do require a fair amount of tooth structure to be removed. Rather than turn to dental crowns as a first resort, we will do our best to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. This is just part of our commitment to lasting patient wellness.
We are also committed to being as green as possible. We use digital x-rays rather than traditional radiography, which means far less radiation exposure for patients. It also eliminates the use of x-ray chemicals. We file many forms electronically to save paper. This is just our way of being good to our patients and responsible members of the community as a whole.
Alternatives to Dental Crowns
Given our conservative approach to dental care, we offer a number of different alternatives to dental crowns, such as inlays and onlays. Both of these options require less removal of existing tooth structure and go a long way to promoting total dental health.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Crowns in Birmingham
You probably have more questions or concerns about dental crowns, which is natural. We encourage you to contact our Birmingham cosmetic and restorative dentistry office for more information. Dr. Maniscalco and the entire team will be able to address your concerns in more detail and help you make the best decision about your dental health and your overall well-being.