Protect fragile teeth with dental crowns in Prescott, WI

The goal of dental care is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. Because your teeth don’t heal like the rest of your body, many dentists use dental crowns to prevent tooth loss. Dr. Jay offers patients in Prescott, WI, and surrounding areas such as Ellsworth, River Falls, and Hastings, MN, dental crowns as part of his preventive care. 

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Benefits of dental crowns

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Dental crowns are essentially a cap that covers the entire outside of a tooth. Some may be made with metal, porcelain covered metal, or entirely ceramic. Many patients prefer ceramic crowns for their teeth because they mimic the natural sheen of your teeth for a discrete restoration.

Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that can address many issues with your teeth. Dr. Jay may recommend a dental crown for cracked or fragile teeth, teeth with large fillings, or to protect a tooth after a root canal. Dental crowns can also be used with dental implants to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth or used for cosmetic reasons to hide deep staining that won’t respond to bleaching agents.

Preparing for a dental crown

Dental crowns are made from thick materials that can withstand the bite force of your jaw. Dr. Jay will need to remove the outer layer of your tooth to make space for the crown, and in some cases, he will use dental bonding to build up the structure of your tooth. Once your teeth are prepared, he will take impressions of your mouth to send to the dental lab. Dr. Jay will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.

After a couple of weeks, you will return to the office to place your permanent crown. Dr. Jay will check the fit and make any adjustments needed to ensure it is comfortable in your mouth. Next, he will bond it in place using dental cement and use a special light to help it set. Once your tooth is placed, you can resume your normal routine. If you need dental work, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office in Prescott, WI, at (715) 953-0499 to set up an appointment.

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