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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

A Dental Crown can restore your smile by creating a customized cap to go on top of a repaired tooth. It takes about two weeks to craft the permanent crown for you and then your dentist puts it in place with dental cement. A temporary crown can protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

Where Crowns are Used:

  • Repairing a broken tooth
  • Restoring a tooth which has had a root anal
  • Securing a dental bridge
  • Strengthening a weak or cracked tooth
  • Improving the appearance of a stained or misshapen tooth
  • Restoring a dental implant.

What Crowns are Made of:

  • Metal; Durable but because it is noticeable, it is recommended for back teeth which won’t be seen.
  • Porcelain fused to metal; This offers the strength of metal with the coloring of your natural teeth.
  • Total porcelain; This is a good option for color matching with your own teeth.
  • Zirconia is a newer type of dental porcelain that provides the durability of metal with the appearance of natural teeth.

Your consultation with your dentist will determine which is appropriate for you.

Advantage Of Treatment

At Alpha Dental Center, we make it easy for you to find an office nearest you; call our toll free number 855-50-Alpha (855-502-5742), and follow the prompts.
Here are some basic guidelines on how to handle common dental emergencies:
  • Toothache – see your dentist as soon as you feel pain or discomfort.
  • Broken, chipped or cracked tooth – rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to your face and see your dentist right away. If the tooth was broken or chipped – bring the tooth fragment wrapped in wet gauze or a wet towel.
  • Knocked-Out or Loosened Tooth – due to trauma, call your dentist. If the tooth was knocked out – if at all possible, gently insert the lost tooth back in its socket simply by holding the tooth by the crown using a clean washcloth. (In the event that the tooth is dirty, first rinse the root, but do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue). If reinsertion is not possible, hold the tooth under the tongue and see your dentist immediately.
  • Broken Jaw – apply ice or cold compress to the face, go to your dentist or an emergency center immediately.
  • Bitten Tongue or Lip – clean the area with a wet cloth, apply a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If bleeding persists or is too excessive, go to your dentist or emergency center.
It is important for good home dental care, it involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly; and eating a mouth healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables along with dairy products. It is equally and important to schedule visits with your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Yes, genetics can also play a role in the health of your teeth and gums. Strong teeth, weak teeth, big teeth, small teeth, crooked teeth, susceptibility to cavities and even the potential to develop gum disease can be passed down from generation to generation. That is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly; your diet, dental care routine and frequency of visits to a dentist can turn around a potentially hopeless situation and develop a lifelong treatment plan, inclusive of habits that will address your potential weak spots.
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