A dental crown is a common type of restoration involving the placement of a cap covering a tooth to protect, restore and preserve it. Crowns stabilize teeth, stop the spread of tooth decay, and ensure that your smile looks as it always did.
Crowns are also used for the protection of dental implants, for covering large cavities, and reinforcing teeth following root canal treatment. They are also commonly used for supporting dental bridges retaining a set of artificial teeth.
Some reasons why your dentist may recommend that you get a dental crown include:
Misshapen or discolored teeth
Teeth worn down from bruxism, or teeth grinding
Dental Crown Materials
Crowns can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, depending upon the type that works best for you and your individual situation.
Porcelain: Provides the most natural-looking appearance, but not as strong as other types.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal: Made from a porcelain exterior and metal core, these are more durable than porcelain but somewhat less realistic in appearance.
Metal: The most durable and least expensive type, formed from metals like nickel or copper. Typically used only for back teeth that are not as visible.
Dental Crown Placement: What To Expect
Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic so that you will experience no pain during your procedure.
Let your dentist know if you commonly experience dental anxiety so that they can provide you with the correct sedation option.
Once your tooth is completely numb, your dentist will prepare it for crown placement. This may involve removing some portion of tooth structure so that your crown fits correctly.
Next, your dentist will create an impression of the tooth, which will be used to actually create your new dental crown. Since your tooth would otherwise be vulnerable without a crown, your dentist will provide you with a temporary one until your permanent one is ready.
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will again numb the tooth and surrounding area. They will thoroughly clean it before the fitting of your new crown.
After removing your temporary crown, your dentist will place the new one over the tooth, carefully checking its fit. If any adjustments are needed, they will be made at this time to ensure the correct fit and placement.
Finally, your dentist will cement your new dental crown into place. After the dental cement has set, they will check your bite and remove any excess material.
That’s all there is to it. If you should experience any temporary sensitivity after the anesthesia has worn off, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers. Continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule Your Appointment
With proper care, a new dental crown can last for decades. To request more information about crowns, or to schedule an appointment or consultation, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.