A missing or decayed tooth can create functional complications, making speaking and eating difficult. It can also impact your confidence in your appearance. Dr. Kenneth Nash offers high-quality dental crowns to restore your smile after a tooth has been lost or suffered damage or decay. Dr. Nash provides both traditional and implant-supported crowns to meet his patients' varied needs. Each crown Dr. Nash creates is made from high-quality porcelain that is designed not only for long-lasting functionality, but also to blend beautifully with your natural teeth. To learn more about restoring your oral health with dental crowns, contact our Vicksburg, MS, office today.
Traditional Dental Crowns
Traditional dental crowns are placed over a natural tooth and fully cover its structure down to the gum line. This type of crown serves a protective and restorative purpose; it helps protect a tooth that has been weakened after root canal therapy or another treatment, and allows a patient to chew and speak with confidence. In addition to strengthening a tooth after root canal therapy, traditional crowns are used to protect a tooth that has undergone physical trauma, like a crack or fracture. Crowns can also support a dental bridge, a type of restoration designed to replace a missing tooth.
Before he places a traditional dental crown, Dr. Nash will remove any decayed or damaged tissue from your natural tooth. Next, he will carefully ablate some enamel, which will create space for the restoration. Although crowns are very thin, your restoration will fit like a cap around your tooth, so it requires some additional space. Once he has sufficiently reduced the tooth, Dr. Nash will take impressions of it. These impressions, along with detailed notes on the color, size, and shape of your crown, are used to create your restoration in our dental laboratory. Once it has been crafted, your dental crown will be securely bonded to your natural tooth.
When you have lost a tooth or undergone an extraction, it can result in a variety of complications. Implant-supported dental crowns are secured by titanium dental implants rather than natural teeth and replace a tooth's entire structure, from root to crown. Before this type of crown can be placed, a dental implant will need to be surgically placed in the patient's jaw bone. Dr. Nash can perform your surgery and restoration on-site. Once the post is surgically placed, your jaw bone will need to be given time to heal. The surrounding bone with osseointegrate, or fuse, with the implant to strengthen it over a period of several months. After healing is complete, your permanent implant-supported crown will be attached to the top of the post. Like traditional crowns, these crowns are matched in size, shape, and color to your adjacent teeth.
Dental Crown Materials
Dr. Nash uses BruxZir® Solid Zirconia and IPS e.max® porcelain to create our crowns. Both zirconia and porcelain are remarkably strong and can be easily shaded to blend seamlessly within your smile. They are highly durable and are resistant to staining, chips, and cracks. Today's crowns are so natural-looking, they can even be used strictly for cosmetic applications.