What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restorative option that builds on a tooth that’s become compromised. We use both ceramic and porcelain crowns in our practice to ensure that you have a restoration that looks and feels totally natural. Crowns are great for teeth that have fractured, cracked, broken or chipped. They’re equally as beneficial for teeth that have larger-than-normal fillings or that have been recently root canaled.
Why is a Dental Crown necessary?
Crowns are necessary for two reasons and these include improving the appearance of the tooth while taking care of overall functionality. Broken and cracked teeth can be jagged and sharp. The crown helps to cover these areas and prevents further damage from happening to your smile. Crowns can last for years and even several decades with the proper care.
Who's a candidate for a Dental Crown?
We can perform a comprehensive examination in our office to help in determining if a crown is necessary. Most patients will have at least one crown in their mouths at some point in their lives. It’s a completely common procedure and is highly beneficial to the health of your smile. We may recommend a crown if a tooth’s broken, fractured, cracked, has a large filling in it or has just had a root canal.
What occurs during the procedure for a Dental Crown?
We begin the crown procedure by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once numb, we’ll file down the tooth so that it fits the new restoration perfectly. We take impressions of the tooth and create a temporary crown out of these impressions. Another set of impressions is taken and used to make the permanent porcelain or ceramic crown that you’ll have for years. Your second appointment in our office involves placing the actual crown and making slight adjustments to its fit so that it feels natural and comfortable.
If you think you might need a crown or want to replace an old one, call us today and one of our helpful staff members can help you.