Over time our teeth can begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration, fracture and other problems. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. When a tooth has a very large restoration, has become decayed, has a root canal, or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient to restore the tooth to proper function.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. There are pros and cons to each option. We can discuss the risk and benefits of each type with you and help you determine the type of crown that best suits your needs.
The process of installing a crown usually takes 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about about 3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The crown will be adjusted to ensure proper fit and cemented with dental cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. Crowns are durable and are a reliable way to restore the appearance and function of your teeth. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile!