Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Dental Crowns in Birmingham
Dr. Michael Maniscalco is dedicated to patient education. He always makes sure that his patients understand all of their dental health options because a well-informed patient is the best patient. Given this open communication, He often fields questions about dental crowns and other restorative treatments. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of the most common questions that our Birmingham patients ask about dental crowns. This should give you a good understanding of what to expect from this dental care treatment.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are custom-crafted dental restorations that are used to cap severely decayed or damaged teeth. The crowns are made from porcelain composite or zirconium. The material used will be based on the needs of the patient. Once in place, the dental crowns will look just like natural teeth. Any discomfort and pain is reduced and a patient’s bite strength is restored.
Who is a good candidate for dental crowns?
The best candidates for dental crowns are people who have teeth
that have been severely damaged by injury or decay. These patients should be in otherwise good dental health and have realistic expectations about what the treatment can achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Maniscalco will assess your situation and determine if dental crowns are right for you.
Can you address dental emergencies at your practice?
Yes, and we have helped numerous patients throughout the Birmingham area with such issues. If you have been involved in a serious accident that involves more than just dental injury or gum tissue injury, we urge you to seek medical attention before consulting us.
What is the dental crowns treatment process?
The treatment process for getting dental crowns is relatively straightforward. First a tooth is prepped for a crown, which involves the removal of damaged tooth structure. Next an impression is taken from which the crown will be crafted. Once a dental lab has completed the dental crown, you will return to our Birmingham practice so Dr. Maniscalco can place the crown and make any necessary final adjustments.
How do I take care of my dental crown?
Once your dental crown has been placed, Dr. Maniscalco will provide you with instructions on how to care for it. He won’t just stress basic dental hygiene; He will provide you with the information you need to ensure total wellness and lasting health. This will help ensure that your crowns last a lifetime.
What are the risks and benefits of dental crowns?
There are many benefits to getting dental crowns and relatively few risks. The greatest benefits are restored appearance and increased bite strength. You will be able to smile without feeling self-conscious and eat your favorite foods again without pain, sensitivity, or discomfort. Dr. Maniscalco will help reduce potential complications after treatment.
Are dental crowns right for all situations?
While Dr. Maniscalco and the team at our Birmingham practice believe that dental crowns are quite helpful, we actually have a conservative and green approach to dentistry. If you can use another treatment besides dental crowns, we will. This is part of our commitment not just to dental aesthetics but total patient wellness.
Why a conservative approach to dentistry?
A natural tooth is always better than a restored tooth or any foreign object in the mouth. When prepping a tooth for a dental crown, a fair amount of tooth structure will need to be removed. If we can use another treatment option that involves less tooth structure removal, that is always preferable and helps ensure lasting dental health for a patient.
What do you mean by green dentistry?
Green dentistry means that we are just as committed to the wellness of the community as we are to patient wellness. For instance, we file a number of documents electronically to save paper. We also use digital x-ray technology rather than traditional radiography. Digital x-rays expose patients to far less radiation than traditional x-rays and use no harmful chemicals.
What are the alternative treatments to dental crowns?
The two most common alternatives to dental crowns that we use are inlays and onlays. These are both similar to dental fillings, but they are designed to restore a more substantial amount of tooth structure, such as the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth.
How can I learn more about dental crowns?
We acknowledge that we can’t answer all of your questions here, so we invite you to contact our Birmingham cosmetic and restorative dentistry office. Dr. Maniscalco or a member of our team will be able to answer your questions in more detail and address any concerns that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your dental health and total well-being.