Restoring Smiles with Metal-free Dental Crowns
Dr. Michael Glasmeier provides metal-free dental crowns for special needs patients at his Antioch, TN, practice. Dental crowns can be provided alone or in combination with a variety of procedures to restore form and function to smiles compromised by decay, trauma, or tooth loss. Dr. Glasmeier is not only a dentist trained in treating special needs patients, but also the father of two sons with special needs. If your loved one is suffering from a compromised or missing tooth, you can depend on Dr. Glasmeier for compassionate care attuned to his or her needs, as well as a beautiful result providing long-term benefits.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps designed to cover a tooth from the crown to the gumline. Our metal-free dental crowns are custom made from high-grade ceramic at a state-of-the-art laboratory. Each crown is carefully matched to blend with the natural color of the patient’s smile. Crowns are usually the final step in a root canal procedure. They can also be used to replace a lost tooth in conjunction with a dental implant and are often used in full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Glasmeier is committed to metal-free dentistry for all patients.
Dr. Glasmeier personally understands the importance of finding a doctor educated in the latest technology and therapies to treat special needs patients. Both of his sons underwent anti-heavy metal therapy, and Dr. Glasmeier is committed to metal-free dentistry for all patients. In addition to safety, metal-free crowns also allow for better overall aesthetics. When metal is used beneath porcelain, the crown has a tendency to darken years later. Metal-free crowns are simply a better option in every respect.
Dental Crown Procedure
Before your consultation, Dr. Glasmeier will ask you to fill out a questionnaire that will allow him to make accommodations for your loved one's needs. If necessary, Dr. Glasmeier can also work with your loved one's other doctors, counselors, or caregivers to develop the right treatment approach. Once he has taken measures to make sure your loved one will be comfortable, he will conduct an assessment of his or her smile. If he determines that a crown is necessary, he will schedule another appointment to provide the appropriate treatment.
During the appointment, Dr. Glasmeier can first administer the appropriate sedation to help the patient feel comfortable, if necessary. Next, the doctor will prepare the tooth to be crowned before taking an impression. At a state-of-the-art dental lab, a ceramist will fabricate the new crown based on the impression. While your crown is being made, the patient will wear a temporary restoration to protect the prepared tooth.
During a second visit, usually about two weeks later, Dr. Glasmeier will carefully replace the temporary with the final crown, and secure it in place using dental cement. He will then check the fit to make certain that it does not disrupt the comfort of your loved one's bite.
Caring for Dental Crowns
With proper care, dental crowns can last for many years. Dr. Glasmeier will take time to instruct you and your loved one in the special care necessary to ensure the crown provides maximum benefits. In addition to brushing twice daily, it is necessary to modify your flossing technique to avoid dislodging the crown. Rather than moving the floss up and down between the teeth, it should be pulled from back to front.
A damaged or missing tooth can take a considerable toll on a patient's quality of life. If your loved one with special needs is suffering from a decayed, damaged, or lost tooth, Dr. Glasmeier is uniquely qualified to provide the compassionate and fully individualized care he or she requires. Please contact us today to begin discussing how we can help your loved one achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.