You’ve just gone to your dental appointment and got the news; you’re going to need a crown for that chipped tooth. Immediately, you start to think of all of the potential concerns surrounding all of that dental work. Is it going to hurt? How much is this going to cost? Will everybody be able to see it?
Fortunately, our offices have been helping our patients with dental crowns from the first day we opened our doors. Crowns are a common dental practice that helps to protect the natural tooth underneath from further damage.
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Our dentists will recommend dental crowns for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, decay in the tooth has gotten to the point where a root canal is necessary. In these instances, it may be important to place a crown to protect the underlying tooth from any additional decay or infection after our experienced staff has cleaned your tooth.
Crowns can also be recommended for cracked or chipped teeth, to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth to support a tooth where a large part of the tooth is missing, or to cover a dental implant. Whatever the reason for your crown, trust our experienced staff to make sure you understand why we are recommending a crown and what you can expect from the entire process.
Our office specializes in dental crowns for a variety of different reasons. Because there can be so many different explanations for why you need a crown, we also offer a variety of different materials that compose a dental crown. Most crowns that our patients need are placed on the molars. Molars are not visible when we talk or smile, and are subject to some extreme pressures when we chew and grind our food. For this reason, we will typically suggest a metal blend crown.
These crowns can withstand the pressures that molars are subjected to, and also tend to last the longest of all the crown types. In contrast, if the tooth that needs a crown is generally visible, we will likely suggest porcelain fused to metal crown. These crowns are still very durable but offer the additional benefit of blending with your natural teeth.
While metal blends and porcelain fused to metal are the two most common types of crowns we place, there are other options with different benefits or drawbacks. Our offices can offer a suite of options to you and will make sure that you understand all of the possibilities before you make a final determination.
Dental crowns are simply coverings that go over the entire tooth down to the gumline. In order to place a crown, your dentist will likely need to shape the existing tooth to make sure that the crown can fit over the tooth and that it won’t affect your bite pattern or place undue pressure on the adjacent teeth. Once the tooth has been shaped, an impression will be made of the tooth.
Many patients can recall a time they had to get a tooth impression and remember a sticky and uncomfortable process. Our offices now offer the latest in digital technologies, so you don’t have to worry about choking on an impression mold just to fix your teeth!
The impression is immediately used to start preparing your crown. Sometimes these can be ready in a matter of minutes, and you’ll leave that day with a permanent crown. However, if your impression needs to be sent to a lab, they will complete the impression and get it back to our office quickly. You’ll be given a temporary crown until the permanent crown arrives a few days later. The permanent crown is placed over the tooth with an adhesive that secures it to the tooth, and you’re done!
Our offices have the expertise that you need when it comes to dental crowns. Call today to schedule your appointment!