Dental crowns are snugly fit “cap” placed over the tooth. They are used for basic chewing functionality, speech, and aesthetics. Crowns are generally recommended in cases where the tooth has suffered severe decay and has extensive restorations. Therefore, dental crowns are used to cover and protect the remaining portion of the tooth. Additionally, they help with aesthetics to restore the natural look of the tooth.
Why Would I Need a Crown?
There are many reasons why your dentist may recommend a dental crown, but some of the most common causes include:
- Protect a weakened tooth (cracked, decayed, or teeth with extensive restorations)
- Restore a broken- or worn-down tooth
- Holds a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- For dental implants
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Procedure
First Visit: Your dentist will examine your mouth and x-rays to determine if a crown is needed. A visit will then be scheduled for you to receive your crown.
Second Visit: During this visit, your tooth will be prepped, the crown will be created and placed. You will only need one appointment as we offer in-house technology that will create your custom-made crown on the spot. This means you will not go home with a temporary crown as many other dental clinics will have you do. This is a huge time saver and a much-appreciated convenience for our patients.
Follow-Up Visit: Your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit to ensure comfort and proper fit.
I Think I Need a Crown
If you feel like you may need a crown, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Dental care should not wait. Take care of your smile today for the future.