Sometimes a damaged tooth needs more than just a filling to protect and restore the tooth to health. For situations like this, Dr. Wilson might recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth and is used to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. The Cornerstone Family Dentistry team is very experienced in providing dental crowns for patients and will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after the dental crown procedure.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that are placed over a tooth and are used to restore shape, size, strength, and appearance.
FAQs About Dental Crowns
Why Does a Tooth Need a Dental Crown?
There are many reasons why a dental crown may be recommended. A crown may be used to hold parts of a cracked tooth together or to protect a weak tooth from breaking. A weak tooth is the result of new decay forming on a tooth with an existing large filling or a tooth that needs a root canal. A dental crown can be used for cosmetic reasons as well; such as to cover misshaped or severely discolored tooth.
What Happens When Receiving a Dental Crown
The process of receiving a dental crown usually requires two visits. During the first step, Dr. Wilson will use an anesthetic to numb the tooth and one of the Cornerstone Family Dentistry team members will take an impression of the tooth. This impression is used to make your temporary crown. Next, Dr. Wilson prepares the tooth for the crown and will take a second impression of the tooth. This second impression is sent to our very experienced lab to construct your new permanent crown. Before you leave, Dr. Wilson’s and her team will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Once your permanent dental crown arrives from the lab, Dr. Wilson will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. Then, she will secure the new crown with permanent cement.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The life span of a dental crown greatly depends on how well you care for it. Remember, a tooth with a crown can still get decay around the area where the crown and the tooth meet. However, if you practice good oral hygiene and avoid habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, biting your fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging, your dental crown will last between five and 15 years.