What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown can be used to cover a tooth that is damaged or compromised. In some cases, a tooth cracks or breaks so severely that a crown is necessary. Crowns are made out of high-quality and realistic materials, so they can blend in well with the rest of your smile. It’s not uncommon for dental crowns to last for years or even decades with the proper care.
Why are Dental Crowns needed?
Dental crowns can be placed over virtually any tooth within the mouth. Crowns not only help to restore beauty to the damaged tooth, but the restoration improves functionality as well. Some of the reasons you’d need a crown include:
- One of your teeth has broken, fractured or cracked
- You’ve recently had a root canal performed
- A tooth has an exceptionally large filling in it
- A tooth has a large area of decay
- A tooth has issues with severe sensitivity
Who is a candidate for Dental Crowns?
We will perform an examination to determine if a crown is necessary. Crowns can be used over otherwise healthy adult teeth. They can last for many years and will need to be replaced as they begin to show signs of wear and damage. If you need a crown placed, it is best to have the procedure done sooner rather than later to prevent further damage to the tooth.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
Dr. Letran will numb the area with a local anesthetic. The tooth is then filed down to create an abutment, or “seat” for the new crown. Impressions are taken and used to craft your brand new crown. You will come back into the office for a second appointment. This visit involves placing the permanent crown and adjusting its fit and bite. You can treat your crown as you would any of your natural teeth, but be careful when flossing around the crown to prevent it from loosening.
If you think you might need a dental crown, call our office today and we can help in scheduling a consultation appointment for you.