Dental crowns can be used to preserve significantly damaged teeth or as a measure of protection for teeth that may be vulnerable to breakage. This valuable restoration can help patients save a biological tooth rather than have it extracted.
Sometimes a crown is too severely compromised to be restored by a more conservative measure like a filling. In these cases, tooth-shaped caps made of materials that replicate the appearance of natural enamel can be placed atop a tooth to restore the smile’s appearance and protect the tooth from further damage.
Additionally, dental crowns are placed after root canals, as the treated tooth is more susceptible to breakage after that procedure. The dental crown helps to prevent that outcome.
Your dentist can advise you about the most appropriate restoration for your particular issue. If you do decide to pursue a crown, the treatment timeline will likely be just a few weeks. At an initial appointment, the dentist will gather information about your tooth and may take photos, X-rays or dental impressions to be used in the design of the crown.
The tooth will also need to be prepped prior to crown placement, and this may take place at that first appointment as well. A thin layer of enamel must be removed from the crown in order to create enough room for the restoration. The patient can be fitted with a temporary crown to maintain the smile’s appearance until the permanent crown is ready, if desired.
That information is then relayed to the dental lab responsible for creating your crown. When it is ready – usually just a few weeks later – the patient returns to the office to have it bonded to the tooth.
When you take good care of a crown, it can last for many years. If anything happens to the crown, come to our office to be examined and determine the next steps.
If you think you may benefit from a dental crown, contact our team at Ora Dental Studio to schedule a consultation and learn more about this option.