Crowns, sometimes also called caps, are used to restore a tooth’s look and functionality or to completely replace a missing tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. A severely damaged tooth, worn down tooth, or a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment can greatly benefit from a dental crown that can restore its aesthetic look as well as help it regain its strength. For teeth that are in the smile window, it can drastically improve it and get you smiling more!
The Dental Crowns Procedure
Getting a crown is a several step process and generally requires at least two visits to your dentist. On the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown. In some instances, some of the outer portions will need to be removed. An impression is made of the mouth so a custom crown can be made to match what is left of the tooth.
A temporary crown will be put in place to protect the tooth and ensure it is still functioning. Each crown is a custom-made dental appliance, so when it is done, it can be attached during your next visit. The high-quality porcelain used to make dental crowns is very aesthetically similar to a natural tooth. The color can be made to match nearly any tooth color, and when buffed, the shine is very reminiscent of a healthy tooth.
Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
Many people can benefit from a dental crown, here are just a few examples:
- Getting a root canal and needing a way to protect the tooth afterward
- Cover a dental implant to replace a tooth
- A tooth with a large cavity that can’t be fixed by a filling alone
Dental crowns will improve your smile! Call us to set up an appointment to find out more!