The treatment process takes two appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. At your first appointment, your tooth will be trimmed and prepared for a crown. One of our dentists will clean and numb the area, and remove any decayed, damaged or deteriorated enamel from your tooth, shaping it into a strong, stable platform.
Then, we’ll take images and dental impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be made. We’ll place a temporary resin crown on your tooth to protect it, and send you home.
Once your permanent crown arrives at our office, which usually takes 2-3 weeks, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Your dentist will examine the crown and your tooth and ensure a proper fit. Then, the crown will be bonded into place permanently with dental cement, restoring your smile.
With proper care, you can prolong the lifespan of your dental crown and maintain optimal oral health after treatment. There are no special care precautions required for dental crowns, simply treat your dental crown just like you would treat a natural tooth. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss at least once a day. It’s also important to come in for routine preventive care to keep your smile strong and healthy.
Dental crowns are most commonly used to restore decayed and damaged teeth. Major cavities may be too large to treat with a filling, and crowns are ideal for restoring broken/damaged teeth. Crowns are also often used alongside root canal therapy to restore the tooth’s structure and protect it from further damage. More rarely, crowns can be used for purely cosmetic purposes, such as to restore a tooth that is not treatable with veneers or dental bonding.
Dental crowns are the best way to cover up and protect a damaged tooth. Whether your tooth was broken by dental trauma, worn down by grinding or acid reflux, or damaged by decay, a crown may be the best option. Crowns also are a good choice for replacing large or worn-down fillings. To find out if a crown is the right option for you, schedule an appointment at Dr. Big Smilez today!