Crowns provide a long-term treatment option for cracked, decayed or weakened teeth. Crowns are restorations of the teeth that cover the entire structures.
What are dental crowns?
When the health of a tooth is compromised due to extensive decay, a large existing filling, or a crack, dental crowns (tooth cap) may be recommended to relieve pain and prevent from further damage. The crown materials look and feel like real teeth so you can chew, smile, and speak comfortably. Crowns provide a long-term treatment option for dental problems such as cracked teeth, severe cavities or worn, aging teeth.
What conditions do dental crowns treat?
Dentists use crowns to treat many serious problems including:
Weak teeth (due to fillings or other problems)
Stained teeth that cannot be treated with whitening
Your crown corrects the issue and improves the appearance and function of your teeth. The crown may prevent future problems that could cause you to lose the tooth.
How is a dental crown placed?
A dental crown usually takes two office visits. During your first appointment, our dentist will remove cavities or other parts of the tooth that are damaged. A dentist will then take an impression with a computer scanner, which will be used to make a personalized crown. Until your next appointment, you’ll wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
After 10-14 days, the permanent crown should arrive from the lab. On the second visit, your permanent crown will be bonded to your tooth using specialized glue. Once the crown is delivered, you will feel comfortable when you chew and when you smile.
Crown VS Fillings
Our dentists use dental crowns because of the advantage they provide over fillings by way of the fact that they are created in our partnered state of the art dental laboratory. Our lab technician examines your 3-D scan, checking for the correct bite and jaw movements, and form a proper reconstruction of the original tooth. Unfortunately, fillings must be sculpted while you sit in the chair which may not be as accurate as dental crowns.