For a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed, a simple filling may not be enough to sufficiently renew oral health and save the tooth. A dental crown can provide the necessary strength and stability for more this type of case. It is a common restorative procedure that is completed over the course of two visits to our office. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns, including how they are placed and when you might need one, below.
A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that can be securely bonded on top of an affected tooth. It is a custom-made restoration that will fit securely around the dentition of the tooth. A dental crown is a fixed restoration that cannot be removed except with special tools. Dental crowns can be made from one of a variety of materials, including porcelain/ceramic, porcelain fused-to-metal, zirconia, gold, or metal alloys. The material that is right for your tooth depends on where in the smile it is located, your budget, and your personal preference.
A dental crown may be recommended by your dentist in the following cases:
It typically takes two visits to Denton Dental Center to create and place your dental crown. During the first appointment, your tooth will be cleaned and reshaped to accommodate the crown that will be placed on top. Then, an impression or mold is made of the tooth and a temporary crown is placed to cover the prepared tooth. In the time between appointments, the crown is made according to the specifics of your treatment plan in a separate lab. Once the crown has been prepared, you return to our office for its final placement. The temporary is removed and a special bonding agent is applied onto the tooth to ensure that the crown stays sturdy and secure for years to come.
With proper care and maintenance, your crown can stay healthy for up to 20 years. Make sure you continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, paying special attention to the area at the base of the crown to prevent plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to decay and gum disease. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and don’t hesitate to get in touch if your crown breaks or becomes loose.
If you have a severely aching or damaged tooth, you may need a dental crown -- and our team can fix the problem with expertise and care! To learn more about restorative dentistry or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today.