The loss of a tooth, or in some cases multiple teeth, can have a profoundly negative impact on a patient. These consequences can range from physical to psychological. In terms of physical repercussions, missing teeth can change your bite profile, which in turn could lead to difficulty chewing or issues with your jaw. Furthermore, the rest of your teeth could become misaligned or shift from their natural position in an attempt to fill the gap. In terms of psychological or emotional repercussions, some patients may feel that losing a tooth is comparable to losing a part of themselves. In addition, patients may lose their confidence and self-esteem due to the missing teeth negatively altering the visual appearance of their smile.
In order to attach a dental crown, your tooth must be adequately prepared first. This is primarily done by removing a small layer of enamel, to ensure that the crown will fit comfortably over the original tooth without looking disproportionate in comparison to the surrounding teeth. Mounting a dental crown is often done as a two stage process.
During your first visit or appointment, your Kemptville dentist will ensure that the affected tooth is stable and healthy enough to hold a dental crown in place. If the affected tooth is weak or unable to hold the crown on its own, a dental implant may be necessary to build a firm foundation for the dental crown. If however your tooth is capable of supporting a dental crown, then your dentist in Kemptville will prepare your tooth, and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it, while a permanent crown is fabricated and custom prepared to your unique specifications in a dental lab.
Crowns or dental caps can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Crowns can also be used to treat a wide variety of dental issues including removing stains, restoring decayed teeth, repairing cracks in teeth, and correcting minor imperfections. Compared to other dental restoration treatments like bonded fillings or porcelain inlays and onlays, dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth just above the gum line. Once cemented into place, the crown becomes the new protective surface for your tooth.
At Kemptville Smiles Dentistry, your dentist in Kemptville, Dr. Besher Alfarra will assist you in choosing an appropriate crown for your situation. Dental crowns come in different types which include gold, metal alloys, porcelain, ceramic, and a composite mixture of these materials. Contact us today at (613) 258-7373 to book an appointment at our dental office in Kemptville. Dentist Dr. Besher Alfarra is here to alleviate any concerns.