Understanding Dental Crowns

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When a minor defect in a tooth is repaired with metallic amalgam or composite resin, the dental filling is meant to last for many years. If you consistently struggle to maintain good oral hygiene practices, or you fail to attend a regularly scheduled dental checkup with Dr. Letitia M. Williams you could suffer a new cavity on the previously repaired tooth.

If this compromises too much tooth enamel to anchor a second dental filling Dr. Letitia M. Williams might recommend a crown restoration. This treatment plan is designed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another material such as gold, base metal alloys, or dental porcelain.

After the old dental filling and any remaining tooth enamel have been removed, Dr. Letitia M. Williams will prepare a detailed impression of the area. This will act as a guide for the dental technicians who will be tasked with creating your new dental crown.

If the eventual dental crown will be noticeable in your smile Dr. Letitia M. Williams will likely recommend creating the dental crown from dental porcelain. This material can be shaded to match natural tooth enamel making it indistinguishable from the neighboring teeth.

When it is ready, Dr. Letitia M. Williams will cement your dental crown in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will complete the dental restoration process to provide you with a stronger tooth.

If you are in the Union Springs, Alabama, area and you have a previously repaired tooth with a new cavity, you should call 334.377.3778 to seek timely treatment at Letitia M. Williams, DDS, LLC.