Dental crowns are artificial “caps” that completely cover all visible surfaces of a natural tooth. They are a versatile treatment option that can address numerous dental issues at once.
Some dental practices offer crowns made of metal or with a base of metal covered with porcelain. The team at Whitenhill Dental Corporation believes that porcelain crowns are the best possible option because they create a beautiful, natural-looking appearance.
A dental crown can improve the look and function of teeth that are:
Crowns are also used to cover and protect a tooth treated with a root canal. Also, they are often used as the anchoring structures for dental bridges.
The first step involves gathering imaging to learn more about the size and shape of the affected tooth. X-rays are one option, and traditional or digital dental impressions also play a role in the dental crown planning process.
If you have active decay or gum disease, those issues need to be treated prior to moving forward with a new dental crown. Once the tooth is healthy, a small portion of natural tooth tissue is removed to make room for the crown.
You’ll wear a temporary crown while the dental lab fabricates your custom crown. Once your crown is ready, you’ll return to the office and your provider checks the crown for proper fit.
They then cement the crown into place, which completes the restoration process. When you come in for your routine dental exams, the team checks the crown along with your natural teeth.
You can expect your new crown to last for many years, especially if you embrace an optimal dental hygiene routine. If your crown becomes loose, chipped, or detaches, call the office right away to book an appointment for repair or replacement.
If you’d like to learn more, come in for a personalized consultation and dental exam. Online scheduling is fast and easy, or you’re always welcome to call the office or stop by to check appointment availability.