What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is typically placed over a tooth that has been compromised or damaged. The crown’s purpose is to restore the tooth to its original size and shape while improving oral functioning. We offer all-porcelain crowns in our practice to patients who need these restorations. The beauty about porcelain crowns is that they’re long-lasting and durable while still looking completely natural.
Why are Dental Crowns needed?
There are several reasons why a dental crown may be needed. These crowns can be placed on virtually any tooth within the mouth. Some of the reasons you’d need a new crown include:
- A tooth has broken, cracked or fractured
- A tooth has a large area of decay
- A tooth has a large filling or many fillings in it
- A tooth was recently root canaled
- A tooth is weak, vulnerable or hypersensitive
Who is a candidate for a Dental Crown?
To determine if you are a candidate for a dental crown, we will perform an examination. We will look to see if the tooth would benefit from the crown and the best way to go about placing it. Most often, if you need a dental crown, it is best to have one made and placed as soon as possible. This prevents further damage to the underlying tooth, causing the need for more invasive treatment.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
The procedure begins with an anesthetic used to numb the area. We then file down the damaged tooth so that it creates a solid, secure abutment for the new porcelain crown. The next step is to take impressions, which are used to craft the permanent crown that will be placed over the abutment. Your next visit into the office involves placing this crown. We’ll adjust the fit and bite of the restoration so that it’s as comfortable as possible. You’re then ready to leave the office with your new crown and your brand new smile.
If you think you may want or need a new dental crown, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as conveniently possible.