Over time, our 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 is not 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.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown may take 1-2 office visits.
The procedure of receiving a crown is as follows:
- 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.
- Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be prepared to make room for the crown.
- Our dentist will make an impression of the tooth. These impressions are sent to the lab where the crown will be custom made. We use the same lab here in Frederick that we’ve been using for over 20 years with wonderful, long lasting results.
- A temporary crown is placed to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.
- Once your custom-made crown arrives, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be placed over your tooth to ensure the right fit and color.
- Once we ensure the crown fits perfectly, it is permanently cemented or bonded in place.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown typically takes 2 office visits. 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.