At Havens Family Dental, we don’t take chances with our patients’ health. It is vital for you to be well informed about the different materials dentists use during restoration procedures. Dr. Hickman only uses materials that are best for your overall health.
Dental crowns or “caps,” can be found in a number of procedures that serve to preserve the function of your natural teeth if they become damaged.
Crowns can be used to reinforce a cracked tooth, restore an excessively decayed tooth, protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy or replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant. The purpose of a dental crown is to enclose your vulnerable tooth to prevent further damage.
Not all dental crowns are created equal. Patients today are deciding to restore or replace old metal dental crowns with new tooth-colored, metal-free porcelain dental crowns. Metal-free dental crowns are a safer and more effective restoration method.
If you have old crowns that you would like to have replaced, call Havens Family Dental for a consultation!
Research has indicated that metal tooth restorations combined with acidic saliva, can produce measurable voltages in your mouth. This is known as the "galvanic effect," and it is a common problem for many people who have a lot of metal in their teeth.
These voltages or electric currents can produce electromagnetic waves, and have been shown to interfere with the brain's normal wave patterns. Your brain generates its own measurable wave patterns at different frequencies. When currents generated in the mouth by metal restorations interfere with your brain’s wave patterns, it can wreak havoc throughout your body. The interference can affect your nervous system, as well as other vital systems controlled by the brain. This well-researched phenomenon is why we offer our patients metal-free dental crowns and fillings.
Placing dental crowns from start to finish is a process that involves a series to two separate appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Hickman will prepare the tooth by eliminating any decay and shaping the tooth for the porcelain crown. After the preparation is finished, Dr. Hickman will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental lab for crown fabrication.
During this time Dr. Hickman will place a custom-fitted temporary crown over your existing tooth to keep it protected until we are able to cement the final porcelain crown in place. During your second appointment, Dr. Hickman will remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the new porcelain crown.
Modern dentistry allows for the proper replacement of metal restorations. Whether it is an old crown or old filling, Dr. Hickman and his highly skilled clinical staff will help inform you of all of your replacement options. Our front office staff will make sure to inform you of your entire out of pocket cost to make sure they find a plan that fits your budget.
Havens Family Dental offers the convenience of early morning and late evening appointments, so please call today to set up an appointment!