If you have weak or damaged teeth, crowns can strengthen and protect them. At Southard Dental, Wrany Southard, DDS, PC, provides custom-made crowns to bring restoration with a completely natural look. To find out if you’re a candidate for crowns, book an appointment today at this Tulsa, Oklahoma, practice by phone or clicking online.
A crown serves as a cap that covers your original damaged tooth. It protects and strengthens your tooth and looks completely natural. The crown not only covers your tooth but it goes all the way up to your gum line.
A crown has several dental purposes, including:
Dr. Southard evaluates your dental condition and works with you to determine if a crown is the best choice.
Getting a crown at Southard Dental requires two separate visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Southard takes an X-ray to determine the condition of your damaged tooth. He then numbs the targeted area to prepare your tooth for a crown.
This step involves filing it down to allow room for the crown to fit over it and also removing any decay and damaged areas. Your original tooth can now be a sturdy foundation for your new crown.
Dr. Southard then takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the lab to create your custom crown. He places a temporary crown over your prepared tooth until your permanent one is ready.
At your second visit, Dr. Southard removes your temporary crown, fits your permanent crown, and then seals it with special dental cement.
When you take good care of your crowns, they can last 10-15 years. To prevent them from chipping or cracking and to give them longevity, brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily. You should also schedule routine teeth cleaning checkups at Southard Dental for proper maintenance and exams.
If you participate in active or high-contact sports, wear a proper mouthguard for protection. If you clench your jaws at night or grind your teeth, you might be a candidate for a nightguard.
Stay away from hard foods like candy, popcorn, and nuts, and avoid bad habits like biting down on hard objects, such as pens, pencils, or ice. When you protect your crowns, they can last a long time.
To book your appointment at Southard Dental, call today or use the online scheduling tool.