A beautiful smile may be the dream of many, but with the appropriate dental procedures, it can become a reality. Our dentists can help you to achieve a healthy smile. Dental crowns are one way to help you to have a healthy mouth and the smile you deserve.

What is a Crown?

Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that cover a tooth. This means that the crown is cemented over an entire tooth, and it can only be removed by a dentist. Our dentists can put a crown onto a damaged tooth or an implant to change the appearance, shape, or alignment of a tooth. This can also improve the functionality of the teeth so that you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods again.

Generally made of porcelain or ceramic, crowns can also be made from gold, metal alloys, or acrylic and ceramic. There are positive and negative characteristics to each type, and our dentists can recommend the best type to fit your situation.

Who Needs a Crown?

Crowns are used in a variety of situations to help the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Some instances when a crown might be placed over your tooth are:

  • To replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth is left
  • To protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking
  • To fix a broken tooth
  • To attach a bridge
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover badly shaped tooth or one that has stains or poor coloring
  • To cover a tooth that has had a root canal treatment

How a Dental Crown Is Installed

It usually takes two appointments to have a dental crown installed. At the first appointment, our dentist will examine the tooth to make sure that it is strong enough to support an implant. The next step will likely be filing the tooth to the proper shape to hold the crown. Alternatively, if the remaining tooth is very small, it may require filling to assure that there is enough tooth for the crown to attach to.

Once the tooth has been appropriately prepared, our dentist will make an impression of the tooth and those surrounding it. The exact impression will then be used by a dental lab to make the new crown. Additionally, a temporary crown will be attached by the end of this first appointment so that the tooth will be protected until the permanent one is ready to be attached.

At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed by the dentist. Next, the permanent crown will be fitted to your tooth. It can be filed or gently shaped for a precise fit. Once the dentist is happy with the fit, a special adhesive will be used to attach the permanent crown to your remaining tooth.

What you should know

It is possible that it can take three weeks or more to make a permanent dental crown. In the meantime, it is important to take care of the temporary crown. You should know that the temporary crown in your mouth is not very strong and can fall off. You should avoid hard or sticky foods totally, or at least in the part of your mouth with the temporary crown. If it does come off or break before the permanent crown is ready, then you will need to have it replaced to protect the tooth left in your mouth.

Once the permanent crown is in place, our dentist will check your bite and make final adjustments. Though it may take a week or two to adapt to the new crown, it should eventually look and feel like a regular tooth. You can smile confidently, knowing that your smile is perfect and your teeth are functional.

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