You Don’t Have to Have Netflix to Get the Crown
Sure The Crown on Netflix is a good show that illuminates the world of the monarchy in Britain. But in New Hampshire, the closest any of us are going to get to royalty is a dental crown. And, while Drs. Kalil and Kress are not Duchesses of Nashua, they can give you a crown, sans jewels, in just a couple of visits.
What is a Crown?
When a tooth is in trouble — it could have a serious crack, a huge filling that has compromised the tooth’s strength, or maybe there’s a ton of decay — a crown is the only way to save the tooth. A crown, as the name implies, fits over the entire visible (above the gum line) portion of the tooth returning strength to the underlying weakened natural portion of the tooth. Crowns are also used as the anchors for dental bridges. They are not, however, used for parades or inspecting the troops or for confusing people with all the lords, earls, dukes, et al.
Reasons for a Crown
Crowns can be used to strengthen a weakened tooth or to overcome cosmetic issues. At Kalil & Kress, we use crowns for these problems:
- You have a deeply cracked, worn, or fractured tooth
- You have an overly large cavity in a tooth
- Your tooth needs a root canal (a crown is placed on it afterward)
- You have a tooth (or teeth) that is oddly shaped, very discolored, or overly small
- You need a bridge (crowns are placed on the abutment teeth)
How we Place a Crown
A crown is a two-appointment process; you don’t have to be born in some ancient bloodline! During your first visit, we evaluate your tooth and use x-rays to ascertain the amount of damage. Once we decide you need a crown, we’ll first clean your teeth. If heavily stained, we could recommend whitening before you get your crown. Next, we go through a color matching process for the porcelain (although you can choose other options, too) of your crown.
Now we’re ready to prepare the tooth. We have to shave off a portion of the enamel all the way around the tooth and across the top. Why? This makes room for the crown so that once it is in place, your crowned tooth is the same size as your adjacent teeth. Then we take an impression of your prepared tooth and send it off to the dental lab for fabrication of your custom crown. To protect your tooth while the crown is being made, we place a temporary crown on it.
When your crown is finished, you come in for your second appointment. We check the fit and the color match first. When satisfied, we cement the crown permanently onto the tooth. We then make any final adjustments for bite and fit, and you’re done.
Now your tooth looks great and is strong enough to last for a decade or more.
Do you have a tooth that may need a crown? Don’t get Netflix, call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004, and make an appointment.