Crowns are durable and made to look as realistic as possible. You can think of a crown as a protective covering over an otherwise vulnerable tooth, while also improving the structural integrity of dentition.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown helps to protect and restore a compromised tooth. A tooth that has broken, split or fractured can benefit from having a crown placed on top. Crowns are durable and made to look as realistic as possible. You can think of a crown as a protective covering over an otherwise vulnerable tooth, while also improving the structural integrity of dentition.
Why are Dental Crowns needed?
You may need a dental crown if you have a tooth that has broken or cracked. The tooth may have recently had a root canal, causing it to break or chip off. The crown protects the remaining tooth structure while also restoring the tooth to its original shape and size. Crowns can be made to fit any tooth in the mouth and are able to last for years or even decades with proper care.
What makes you a good candidate for a Dental Crown?
The procedure to place a dental crown is relatively simple and typically only requires local anesthetic. This makes it ideal for most patients and a great option for improving the aesthetic appeal of a person’s smile. You will need to come in for an examination so that we can determine if you’d benefit from a crown. Older crowns can be replaced with new restorations as needed.
What can be expected during the Dental Crown procedure?
First, Dr. Melissa Schuldt will administer local anesthetic to the area to make the procedure comfortable for you. The compromised tooth is filed down into a small stump, called an abutment. This allows for adequate room for the crown to be placed and sit on the remaining tooth. Impressions, or molds, are taken of the tooth and will be used to create both a temporary dental crown and a permanent one. You’ll go home the same day with the temporary crown in place. You will then come back for a second appointment for the permanent to be placed on top of the abutment. Dr. Melissa Schuldt can adjust the bite and fit as needed, and you’ll be ready to go home and enjoy your new crown.
If you would like a dental crown or want to know more about this procedure, call our office today and we’ll work to answer any questions you may have.