What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are restorations that are used to cover a damaged or compromised tooth. Whether a tooth has broken, cracked or has a large filling or area of decay in it, a crown can help to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. We offer ceramic and porcelain crowns in our office. For our patients’ convenience, we even offer same-day CEREC crowns that don’t require a follow-up appointment.
Why would a Dental Crown be needed?
The reason a dental crown might be needed is because you have a tooth that has broken or cracked. If you’ve recently had a root canal, we may recommend crowning the tooth to protect it. This is because root canaled teeth are often more prone to breaking and cracking. Crowns are specifically designed to withstand a lot of pressure and force, so it’s not uncommon for them to last for one or two decades before replacement is needed.
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What makes someone a candidate for a Dental Crown?
The best way for us to determine if you’d benefit from a crown is by performing an examination. The exam allows us to see if a tooth would need a crown and if so, the best type available to ensure the restoration looks as natural as possible. If you have an older dental crown, we may recommend replacing it if it’s showing signs of wear. Crowns can be placed on most teeth in the mouth that would benefit from them.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
The procedure will start with anesthetic, which is used to numb one section of the mouth. We then file down the damaged tooth so that there is enough room for the new crown. Impressions are taken to carefully craft the new ceramic or porcelain crown that’s specific to your smile. The permanent crown is then placed at a later appointment. Our CEREC same-day crowns are done in-office and require absolutely no follow-up appointment.
If you want to learn more about crowns and how they will benefit your smile, call our office today to speak with one of our friendly team members.