Over time, teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.
Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:
· To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
· To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
· To cover severely discolored teeth.
· To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown takes 2 office visits at other dentists’ offices. In our office they are typically done in just one visit.
The procedure of receiving a crown in our office is as follows:
1. X-rays will be taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root canal treatment may be performed first.
2. Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be filed down to make room for the crown.
3. Our dentist will make an impression using a digital scanner. From the scan, the dentist fabricates the crown and mills it out of a block of ceramic right in our office.
4. The crown is tried in to ensure the fit is comfortable and correct.
5. The crown is bonded into place permanently. No temporary needed.
Crowns are typically made from ceramic in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. It is strong and is the closest we have to natural tooth structure. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.
At Lifetime Family Dentistry, we use CAD/CAM technology to make high quality dental restorations in one patient visit. This system allows us to make precise restorations that look great, fit perfectly and can last for many years. Learn more about this technology by visiting Same Day Dentistry.