Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to help avoid future problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to our office. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown.You may not need to be numb for this appointment, depending on the presence of any sensitivity with the tooth. The crown will be placed using a permanent cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see a beautiful, natural smile. Crowns are durable and with the proper care and follow up, can last for many years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile. We would love to talk to you about the options available to enhance or restore your smile.