What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, are specifically meant to improve, strengthen and restore a tooth that has been compromised. Crowns can be made from all-porcelain, ceramic or a mixture of either of these materials on top of a metal base. Depending on the placement of the crown and your personal preference, we can help determine which crown is right for you. The procedure to place a crown is done quickly and easily in our office.
Why do you need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are often needed when a tooth has been compromised in some way. The point of a crown is to restore the tooth to its original size and shape. Crowns are made specifically for each patient based off dental impressions or 3-Dr renderings that have been taken, so you can rest assured that it will be comfortable and durable. Some of the reasons you may need a crown include:
- A tooth has had a root canal
- A tooth has become broken, cracked or fractured
- The tooth has a large filling in it that is compromising the strength of the tooth
- The tooth is about to receive a dental implant or bridge
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Crowns?
A thorough examination and dental x-rays are needed to determine if you’re a good candidate for a crown. In some cases, an onlay or inlay may be the better choice. However, most people who feel they need a crown are often right in thinking this option is the most beneficial. Crowns can also be remade to replace existing caps that have worn out or fallen out. With proper care, dental crowns can last for years and provide you with a full, beautiful smile. There are a few different types of crowns that you and the dentist will determine which is best for you. Dental crowns can even be designed to look and function as if they were your natural tooth.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Crowns?
The crown procedure is one of the most common performed in our office. First, the tooth is filed down to make room for the new crown. You will have an impression made of the area that will be sent to a local dental lab. Another impression will be made to create a temporary crown for you to wear while the permanent is being crafted. You will need to come back into the office to have the temporary crown removed and the new one placed. Once the crown has been created it will then be placed on the tooth to ensure the proper fit. The crown can and will then be adjusted to make it more comfortable for you. Once it has been given the seal of approval, the crown will then be permanently cemented onto the tooth to give the tooth back its functionality and look.
If you think you may need a crown or would like to learn more about the procedure, contact our office so that we can better assist you.