<b>What are Dental Crowns?</b>
Dental crowns are restorations that help to cover damaged or compromised teeth. We may suggest a crown if a tooth has broken, cracked or has a very large filling in it. Alternatively, most teeth that have had to undergo a root canal will eventually need to be crowned. We offer both ceramic and porcelain crowns to help create a natural and realistic-looking smile.
<b>Why are Dental Crowns needed?</b>
Crowns are custom made for each individual patient. This ensures that they look as natural as possible and fit your mouth perfectly. Some of the reasons you’ll need a crown include:
• A tooth has broken or cracked
• A tooth has a large filling in it
• You’ve recently had a root canal done
• You want to replace an older crown
• You’ve experienced facial trauma
<b>Who is a good candidate for a Dental Crown?</b>
Most patients who need a crown placed can and should have the procedure done. We will perform an examination to determine if one or more of your teeth will need a crown. We may even suggest to replace older crowns that are showing signs of wear. Both porcelain and ceramic crowns can last for years and even decades before needing to be replaced fully.
<b>What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?</b>
We begin the procedure with either a local anesthetic or sedative to keep you comfortable. We then file down the tooth to make room for the new crown. Impressions are taken at the first appointment to help create the new porcelain or ceramic crown. Next, we have you come back for a second time to place the actual crown. Most crowns will need to be slightly adjusted before they fit perfectly. Your new crown will blend in well with the rest of your smile and should be cared for similarly to the rest of your teeth each day.
If you think you might need a new dental crown and want to come in for an examination, call our office and we will be able to help you further.