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Dental crown restorations in Wareham, MA

Dental Crowns in Wareham, MA

As decay progresses, it can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth, making it susceptible to cracks and breaks. This not only affects your oral health but can also impact your overall well-being and confidence. At Southcoast Dental, our dental crowns provide a reliable solution for restoring damaged teeth. By encasing the affected tooth with a custom-made crown, we can prevent further decay, protect the underlying tooth structure, and restore your smile’s appearance and functionality.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, or tooth caps, are custom-fitted dental restorations designed to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth, effectively encasing it to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. The primary purpose of a dental crown is to reinforce teeth that have been weakened by decay, damage, or extensive dental work, such as root canal therapy. We utilize advanced dental technology to tailor each crown to the unique needs and preferences of our patients, ensuring a perfect fit and natural look.

When is Tooth Crown Replacement Recommended?

  • Cracked or Broken Teeth: Teeth that have suffered cracks or breaks are vulnerable to further damage and decay. A crown can hold the tooth together and shield it from additional harm.
  • Extensive Decay: When a tooth has decayed so severely that large portions need to be removed, a crown is necessary to restore its structure and prevent further degradation.
  • After Root Canal Therapy: Root canal treatment often involves removing the tooth’s pulp, which can weaken the tooth. A crown provides the necessary protection and strength to the treated tooth, ensuring its functionality and longevity.
  • Worn Down Teeth: Teeth that have been worn down by grinding (bruxism) or other factors can be restored to their original shape and size with crowns.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: For teeth that are misshapen, uneven, or severely discolored, crowns offer a cosmetic solution that enhances the overall appearance of the smile.

Benefits of Dental Caps

  • Prevent Further Damage: Dental caps protect weakened teeth from further decay, cracks, or breaks. By encapsulating the entire visible part of the tooth, a cap ensures that vulnerabilities are shielded from the everyday wear and tear of chewing and biting, thereby preventing additional dental complications.
  • Restore Appearance and Functionality: Our dental crowns are made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and attractive appearance. Beyond looks, they restore full functionality to damaged or decayed teeth, enabling you to chew and speak with ease. This restoration is crucial not only for comfort but also for maintaining proper bite alignment and overall oral health.
  • Long-Term Dental Health Benefits: By protecting and strengthening teeth, dental caps play a vital role in your long-term oral health. They help maintain the structural integrity of your mouth, prevent misalignments caused by shifts in tooth placement, and minimize the risk of further dental procedures. With proper care, the longevity of your natural teeth is significantly extended.

How Long Do Tooth Crowns Last?

On average, dental crowns are designed to last 5 to 15 years, but many can last even longer with the proper care. The lifespan of a crown is influenced by several factors, including the material used, the location of the crown in the mouth, and the patient’s dental hygiene practices.

How to Care for Your Dental Crowns

We recommend a daily care routine similar to that for your natural teeth: brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. It’s important to pay extra attention to the area where the gum meets the crown to prevent plaque buildup. Regular follow-up appointments allow us to monitor the integrity and fit of your crown, allowing for timely adjustments and ensuring your crown continues to function as intended.

Tooth Crown Dentist in Wareham, MA

If you are considering dental crowns or have any concerns about your oral health, contact us today to schedule a consultation at Southcoast Dental in Wareham, MA. Our team, led by Dr. James Kiehl, is here to assess your situation, explain your options, and guide you through the process to achieve the best possible results for your dental health.