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Dental Crowns and How They Can Help Your Smile

Do you have a cracked, damaged, or decayed tooth? Is it becoming painful, hard to eat, and taking away from your confidence? If so, dental crowns from your dentist at Alpenglow Dental in Whitefish, MT, can provide a long-lasting, effective, and attractive fix to your flawed tooth.


What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap formed from resin, ceramic, or metal, that is adhered to a damaged tooth, covering and encasing any cracks, chips, or decay. A dental crown is permanent and inconspicuous, fixing your tooth so that it matches the shape, size, and hue of your original tooth. You will also be able to brush, bite, and chew like normal with this restoration.


What can a crown fix?

Among the things a dental crown can remedy are cracked, chipped, or worn down teeth, damaged or misshapen teeth, severely discolored teeth, or protrusions from a filling. Your dentist can also use a crown to hide a cavity that cannot be adequately filled.


How is a crown applied?

Your dentist at our Whitefish office will first ensure your comfort by numbing the tooth and gum area to dull any pain the procedure may cause. With specialized tools, your dentist will prepare the surface of the affected tooth to allow the crown to adhere securely.

Next, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth so that a mold can be created for making your custom crown. A temporary crown will be affixed to your tooth, and when your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will have you return to our office to attach it. Your dentist will make sure your crown fits securely and is aligned properly.


How do I take care of a dental crown?

Your dental crown can be brushed and flossed like normal, and you will be able to eat as usual. As with any dental implement, make sure not to bite down on hard items, as it could damage your crown.

Let your dentist at Alpenglow Dental in Whitefish, MT restore your smile. Call us today at 406-862-3839.

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