Dental Crowns

Your dentist may recommend that you get a dental crown if you have a tooth that has been causing you problems. For example, you may have had severe tooth decay that requires a large filling. Or you may have a broken tooth that needs a protective cover.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of cap that is fitted and cemented into place right over a tooth to enhance its appearance and shape, as well as offer protection against decay.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can help with a variety of problems: 

  • Protect a tooth with a large filling
  • Conceal misshapen or stained teeth
  • Cap a dental implant
  • Anchor a dental bridge 

Dental Crown Materials 

Dental crowns can be made from a wide variety of materials, including:

  • Metal
  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain
  • Zirconia
  • Composite resin

The type of dental crown material that works best for you depends upon your individual situation. This can be worked out during your initial consultation.

Temporary Crown

 A temporary crown is just what it sounds like: a temporary dental crown that is only intended to be used for a short period of time. They are placed using an easily removable adhesive.

Permanent crowns are created from a mold of the patient’s tooth, which is sent to a dental lab. While you’re waiting for your permanent dental crown, your dentist can place a temporary one over your tooth to protect it.

What are the capabilities of dental crowns?

Dental crowns help restore the appearance of teeth affected by the decay and stains so that you can smile confidently.

  • Protect a weakened tooth: If you have a tooth that shows signs of decay, or is worn down or cracked, a dental crown can function like a suit of armor to prevent further damage.
  • Tooth restoration: If you have a worn or broken tooth, a crown can be used as a restoration to improve your smile.
  • Large fillings: If you need a large dental filling, a crown can be used to provide additional strength.
  • Dental bridge support: Dental crowns can help retain dental bridges into place for a better look and feel.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Most dental crowns take about two visits to place. At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the treated tooth, which includes the placement of a temporary crown.

Your next appointment should only take about 30 minutes. This is when your dentist will cement your permanent crown into place. This gives you a fully functional and permanent tooth enhancement that will save your natural tooth. 

The entire process of receiving a dental crown can be completed in around two weeks.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you feel that you would benefit from a dental crown, or have more questions, please contact our office today to request additional information or to schedule a consultation.

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