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By Healthwest Dental Associates
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Broken and damaged teeth cause more than just aesthetic issues. If left untreated, your broken or damaged tooth can lead to serious dental crownsdental issues or even result in tooth loss. Luckily, a dental crown can help restore your smile’s functionality while improving the appearance of your smile. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Paul Hufham and Dr. Bayne Heersink at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL.

How does a dental crown work? 
A dental crown fits over a tooth and protects the tooth’s natural structure. A dental crown is actually one of the most common dental procedures, used in many cases, especially those where a tooth receives a large filling, such as a root canal. Other reasons dentists use crowns include:

  • restoring the worn biting surface of a tooth
  • stabilizing a broken or damaged tooth
  • holding a dental bridge in place
  • replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant
  • renewing the appearance of a worn, discolored, or misshapen tooth

What is the process for crowning a tooth? 
Before your dentist can crown a tooth, they must first prepare it. The preparation uses a method which removes enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and shapes it into the correct form to fit inside the crown. Then, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth which a dental laboratory will use to custom-make each crown.

How long do dental crowns last? 
Porcelain dental crowns will last many years with the proper care. Porcelain is durable and stain-resistant, giving you a look you will love. Caring for porcelain dental restorations is as easy as caring for your own teeth. All patients--no matter their age, risk level for tooth decay, or previous dental procedures--should brush twice a day and floss once. Patients should also see their dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings performed by a dental hygienist.

Dental Crowns in Dothan, AL 
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Hufham and Dr. Heersink at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL. Call (334) 702-1101 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Healthwest Dental Associates
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns can help your smile in several ways. They can be used to strengthen teeth that are worn down and too weak to perform dental crownsbiting and chewing functions. Dental crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile by concealing a variety of imperfections, such as discolorations, cracks and chips. When used in conjunction with a dental implant, crowns can even replace missing teeth. Dr. Paul Hufham and Dr. Bayne Heersink of Healthwest Dental Associates are your Dothan, AL dentists and dental crown experts.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that completely enclose the natural teeth. Once placed, a crown acts as a protective shell for the tooth. Crowns are durable enough to function like regular teeth and can be used to bite and chew food. Crowns also look like natural teeth. They can transform your smile by concealing cosmetic problems, such as discolorations, chips and cracks. Crowns can even improve the appearance of misshapen teeth. Your Dothan dentist can help you decide if dental crowns are the right choice for improving your smile.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns are custom made for each patient using a mold of the patient’s teeth. This ensures the crowns will fit perfectly over the corresponding teeth. A variety of materials can be used to make dental crowns, including ceramic, porcelain, resin and gold. For ceramic, porcelain and resin, the color of the finished crown can be matched to the patient’s existing teeth. Color matching helps the crowns blend in and gives them the most natural look possible. After the crowns are created, they are cemented permanently in place.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns help your smile by strengthening weak teeth and restoring normal functions, like biting and chewing. They also help by transforming your smile’s appearance. Reasons for having dental crowns installed include:

  • Improving the appearance of your smile
  • Concealing discolorations on teeth
  • Covering cracked teeth
  • Covering teeth that are misshapen
  • Anchoring dental bridges in place
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering large cavities that cannot be filled

Dental crowns help your smile by improving its appearance, strengthening weak teeth and restoring normal tooth functioning. To have dental crowns installed, schedule a dental exam with Dr. Hufham or Dr. Heersink of Healthwest Dental Associates, your Dothan, AL dentists, by calling (334) 702-1101.