What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns are normally used to cover and protect a tooth that’s damaged. Oftentimes, these restorations are needed if you’ve cracked or broken a tooth, or if you’ve recently had a root canal performed. Porcelain crowns aren’t just beneficial for cosmetic reasons, they can help with oral functionality as well, and can cover areas of a tooth that are sharp and jagged. Your new dental crown can last for years, or even decades, before replacement is needed.
Why are Dental Crowns needed?
The reason a dental crown might be necessary is because you’ve cracked, broken, or damaged one of your teeth. You might need a crown following oral or facial trauma that caused one or more teeth to break. Additionally, we often recommend porcelain crowns after a patient has had a root canal performed. Root canals often leave teeth vulnerable to breaking, so covering the tooth before this happens can prevent injury and other dental problems.
Who is a candidate for Dental Crowns?
We will examine your teeth to determine if you might benefit from a dental crown. If you already have a crown that is older and showing signs of wear, we will recommend having it replaced as soon as possible. A crown is ideal for patients wanting a way to repair a tooth without it looking out of place. Porcelain crowns are custom made for each patient, and blend in flawlessly with the rest of your smile.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Crowns?
We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. The damaged tooth is smoothed down to form a tiny seat, or abutment, for the new crown. Impressions are taken and then used to craft the porcelain crown for you. The next visit into our office involves placing the actual crown, then adjusting its fit and bite. You can leave the office enjoying your brand new smile. Your crown typically won’t require any special care, and we can check on it at each of your bi-annual dental checkups.
If you think you might need a new dental crown, call us today and we will get you in for a quick, convenient appointment.