Dental crowns are a tooth shaped cap that cover a tooth that has sustained too much decay, a severe crack or an anomaly that jeopardizes the structural integrity of the tooth. A crown restores the function, shape, size and strength of a tooth as well as offers a natural appearance. Dental crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant or make a cosmetic modification. Crowns are a safe and effective restorative dental procedure.
What to Expect
After it is determined that a crown is the best restorative procedure for you, Dr. Guthrie will prepare the tooth for the crown. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area so there is no pain involved in the process. The enamel of the existing tooth is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. An impression will be taken to obtain the precise measurements of the surrounding teeth and gums to make sure that the new crown will fit perfectly.
You will receive a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth while the new crown is being manufactured. New crowns are made of porcelain and designed to match the color and texture of your surrounding teeth. At your next appointment, the new crown will be cemented into place. The dentist will make any adjustments necessary to ensure that you have the proper fit and alignment. Your new dental crown requires no special wait time for full function to be restored, and is cared for just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of Crowns
Crowns are a common restorative procedure that offer numerous benefits including:
- Restoring the natural shape and size of teeth
- Strengthening teeth by providing an even chewing and biting surface
- Attaching bridges
- Aesthetic appeal as crowns are made to look, feel and function like natural teeth
- Protecting weak, decayed or broken teeth from further damage