Restorative Dentistry: Dental Crowns – Kailua-Kona
Sometimes tooth decay and tooth damage can be quite severe. Long-term neglectful dental hygiene and mouth injuries can be serious matters, and in such cases, you will need more substantial dental restorations than dental fillings or inlays and onlays. In such cases, we rely on dental crowns at our Kailua-Kona practice. Even if dental crowns are used, Dr. Carter Yokoyama will still strive to provide effective care that preserves as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are caps that fit right over a tooth that has been severely damaged as a result of injury or decay. They will protect the tooth from further harm, eliminate sensitivity and pain caused by the affected tooth, restore the strength of your bite, and provide a more appealing appearance.
Good Candidates for Dental Crowns
Ideal candidates for dental crowns are people who have severe tooth decay or tooth damage that cannot be effectively treated with inlays or onlays. We always try to preserve as much tooth structure as possible, which is why we consider more conservative options first. During your consultation at our Kailua-Kona practice, we’ll determine the best restorative dentistry treatment for you.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
The dental crowns procedure at our Kailua-Kona practice is generally straightforward. First the teeth must be thoroughly cleaned. Once that is done, the decayed and compromised portions of tooth structure are carefully removed. An impression is then taken from which the dental crown will be crafted. Once the crafting has been completed, the dental crown will be placed. Proper bonding and fit will be assured before you leave the office.
Risks and Benefits of Dental Crowns
In general, there are many benefits to dental crowns and relatively few risks. The greatest benefit of dental crowns is a restoration of the strength, health, and appearance of your teeth. With dental crowns in place, the original tooth is saved and your ability to chew is restored.
Risks related to dental crowns are few. Ideally you’ll want to prevent tooth decay from progressing too far so you can maintain as much regular tooth structure as possible. Similarly, it’s important that you wear proper protective mouthpieces and headgear during physical activities that may involve blows to the head or mouth.
Learn More About Dental Crowns in Kailua-Kona
Dental crowns could be the answer you’re looking for if you need to have major tooth decay addressed or have a severely chipped or cracked tooth. For more information about full mouth reconstruction options such as dental crowns, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.