Our teeth begin to weaken over time and are more susceptible to concerns such as decay, cracks, staining and others. If your smile isn’t what it use to be, dental crowns can rejuvenate your smile. If a tooth is decayed or is weakened due to cracks dental crowns may be necessary to ensure proper restoration and a good prognosis for longevity.
Crown visits usually take 2 appointments in the office. The first visit the tooth enamel is reduced so that the permanent porcelain crown can be placed over it. A local anesthetic is used to numb this area so that you wont have experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.