A natural tooth is comprised of two main parts: the root (below the gumline) and the crown (the white, visible portion you see above the gumline). When a tooth has been damaged from a cavity or fracture, Dr. Harder begins by assessing how much of the natural crown has been affected. If the damage is fairly minor, he can usually repair it with a filling. If it's more extensive, a dental crown may be necessary to restore the tooth's function and appearance. If any of your teeth are in need of repair, give us a call. As a dentist in Moses Lake with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Harder will recommend the ideal treatment for your smile!
Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they fit snugly over the entire crown of a tooth. They completely replace any damaged tooth structure to enable your tooth to look and function normally again. Dr. Harder will carefully match the color of your crown to your existing smile so that it looks very natural. This way, no one but you and our team will know you’ve had dental work.
Here are just some of the issues that dental crowns in Moses Lake are perfect for:
Here are the basic steps involved in getting a dental crown:
Dental crowns last an average of 15-20 years with basic maintenance. Along with regular checkups and cleanings, make sure to practice good oral hygiene at home. Your crown itself won't develop a cavity, but the tooth underneath it can if the exposed enamel near the gumline isn't kept clean. It's also a good idea to wear a nightguard if you clench and grind to prevent chips and fractures.
Dental crowns are a great way to save badly damaged teeth and will give you a healthier smile for many years to come. If you have any questions or think you may need a dental crown, give us a call today!