Dental Crowns – Repairing Damaged Teeth
Are your teeth damaged and in need of repair? A great solution for you might be dental crowns!
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a permanent dental covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, metal alloys, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. The type of crown you get will depend on how damaged your tooth is and what kind of look you’re going for.
The dental crown does cover the visible portion of your tooth so if you’d like the look of natural teeth, a ceramic crown might be the best choice for you. A crown is a sort of large filling that can improve the shape, size, and strength of your damaged teeth.
Dental crowns can also act as a support for dental bridges or cover up misshapen or discolored teeth. These tooth-shaped caps can fully encase your tooth and give it a whole new look. Not only will your teeth look great but they will feel great as well. Crowns can provide real strength for your teeth.
What is the Dental Crown Process? How Does It Work?
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves the numbing of the tooth so that any decay can be removed without any discomfort or pain. The cleaned tooth is then reshaped to make it a solid structure on which to place the crown. An imprint of the patient’s teeth is taken so that a dental lab can create the perfect crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is fitted onto the prepared tooth.
Normally, after one or two weeks, the permanent crown will be ready to take the place of the temporary solution, which is normally made out of acrylic resin. Once our dentists can see that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist will cement it into place.
How Long Does It Take?
This entire process generally consists of a minimum of two to three dental visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. Given proper oral care, your crown can last a lifetime. A crown is a tooth that needs daily care and attention just like the rest of your natural teeth.
What if I’m Too Busy?
Are you overwhelmed by a busy schedule? We understand that you’ve got a lot of demands on your time. Because of this, we have invested in the latest dental crown technology called CEREC. This machine allows us to provide you with a permanent crown in one day.
If you’d like more dental advice, a diagnosis, or treatment, give us a call today! We’ve love to answer your questions about dental crowns.