Gentle Art of Dentistry offers crowns to replace teeth and restore smiles. Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens can help when you have a damaged or decayed tooth with a dental crown in Decatur, IL. Keep reading about crowns and come see us to find out if this is the right tooth replacement option for you.
Dental crowns are custom restorations milled from a ceramic material that can replace damaged teeth. When a tooth is decayed or damaged it can be reshaped, and a crown sits on top of the remaining tooth to replace it. They are a strong and beautiful tooth replacement, custom-designed to blend in perfectly with your smile.
Getting a crown
When you need a dental crown in Decatur, IL, your dentist will first prepare your tooth. If you have decay, it will all be drilled away. If you have suffered trauma like a crack or a chip, the tooth will be filed past the crack so that only a healthy and strong tooth structure remains.
Molds are taken from your mouth and newly prepared tooth. You may wear a temporary tooth cap while your custom crown is being made. This may not match your teeth perfectly but keeps your smile functional. At a final appointment, your custom crown is cemented into place and you leave the office with a new tooth!
Caring for crowns
When you have crowns or restorations in your mouth, they are pretty easy to care for. You just need to keep up a great oral hygiene routine at home and come in for regular dental visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling professional teeth cleaning appointments twice a year. This makes sure you won't get a buildup of plaque and ensures you'll have regular exams. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect your new tooth from damage.
Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens are here for you at Gentle Art of Dentistry when you need a dental crown in Decatur, IL. Contact us for an appointment at (217) 422-7448.