What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a permanent 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, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.
Dental crowns restore and support broken and damaged teeth to their full strength, or can form parts of other treatments, such as acting as a support for dental bridges, covering a dental implant or to cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
Is a Dental Crown Restorative or Cosmetic?
A dental crown procedure falls under restorative and conservative dentistry, which is a field we take seriously at our practice. We understand that accidents happen but the trauma to your teeth does not have to mean a lifetime of discomfort and struggle with your dental health. Let us assist you in getting back your smile and preventing any further damage.
What is the Process for Creating and Placing a Dental Crown?
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. The cleaned tooth is then reshaped to make it a viable structure on which to place the crown. An imprint of the patient’s teeth are taken so that a 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 to put a Dental Crown on a Tooth?
This entire process generally consists of a minimum of two to three 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 care, your crown can last a lifetime.
Our Provo Dentist Office can do Dental Crowns in ONE DAY!
However, at our practice, we rely on CEREC Technology to provide our patients with same day permanent crown placement.