What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown can help cover a tooth that has been damaged or compromised. Crowns are made out of durable, yet realistic-looking materials so that they are able to mimic the feel of a real tooth. Most crowns can last for decades before replacement is needed. You may need a crown if a tooth has cracked, broken, has recently been root canaled or is compromised in some other way.
Why would a Dental Crown be needed?
Crowns can be placed over virtually any and every tooth within the mouth as needed. You can think of a crown as both a cosmetic and restorative restoration that both improves the look of your smile as well as how well it functions. Some reasons you’d need a crown include:
- A tooth has fractured, cracked, chipped or broken
- A tooth has a large amount of decay or filling material in it
- A tooth was recently root canaled
- A tooth is severely sensitive
Who is a candidate for a Dental Crown?
In order to determine if you’ll need a dental crown, we will perform an examination. This exam allows us to identify which teeth may need to be crowned and which existing crowns may need to be replaced. Most patients who need a crown can safely have the procedure done in our office. Crowns are durable and long-lasting, so you can expect them to last for years without showing signs of wear.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
The crown procedure will begin with anesthetic that is used to numb the area. We then file down the tooth to a small stub. This allows the crown to sit comfortably on top without feeling or appearing bulky. Impressions are taken and used to make the permanent crown. Your second visit into the office involves placing the permanent crown. We adjust the way that the crown fits before you leave the office. With proper care, your crown will last for years or even several decades.
If you think you might need a dental crown, call our office today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.