What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown, or cap, is used to help protect and restore a damaged tooth. Crowns are made out of durable, yet realistic-looking materials that can last for years. You may need a crown if a tooth has broken, cracked or has recently been root canaled. We often recommend having a crown placed as a way to protect the remaining tooth.
Why would a Dental Crown be needed?
Crowns can be placed on any tooth within the mouth and last for decades with the proper care. They can even be replaced over time as they show signs of wear and tear. Some of the reasons you may need a crown include:
- A tooth has broken or cracked
- You’ve recently undergone a root canal
- A tooth has a lot of filling material in it
- A tooth has a large amount of decay
Who is a good candidate for Dental Crowns?
To determine if a crown is needed, we will perform an examination prior to your appointment. Most patients who need a crown can safely have the procedure done right in our office. Crowns are one of the most common restorations placed, and the majority of patients will have at least one crown at some point in their life. Because crowns are custom made for the patient, they look natural and realistic.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
We begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. We then file down the damaged tooth so that there’s adequate room for the new crown. Impressions, or molds, are taken to make the actual crown for you. You’ll go home after the first appointment with a temporary dental crown in place. After about one to two weeks, you’ll come back in to have the permanent crown put over the tooth. We make adjustments to how the crown fits before you’re able to leave the office feeling confident in your beautiful smile.
If you would like to come into our office to consult with us about a dental crown, call us today to speak with one of our trained team members.