Dental Crowns: A Versatile Treatment
Given all the work that our teeth do for us, it’s no wonder that they can get worn down or incur tooth decay, cracks and other kinds of damage. The good news, however, is that there is one dental treatment that can treat these various dental issues and restore the function and appearance of teeth that have seen better days.
Dental crowns act like a cap that is placed over a weak or damaged tooth. They are also used in implant treatments where they are placed on top of the implant as a prosthetic tooth. Crowns are used in cosmetic dentistry to change the appearance of a tooth, as well. In particular, crowns are used in common dental applications such as:
- Restoring a worn-down tooth
- Covering a cracked or broken tooth
- Covering a tooth compromised by a large filling
- Protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
- Changing the color or shape of tooth
Dental crowns are strong and durable and can last up to 15 years. They don’t need extra care — just brush and floss as you do your natural teeth. Patients also appreciate how a crown looks just like a natural tooth. The color of a crown is made to match the rest of your teeth so it blends in without notice.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown treatment is completed within two dental visits. During the first visit, the dentist will shape the tooth on which the crown will be placed by taking off a small amount of enamel. This will allow the crown to have room to fit on the tooth. An impression is then made of the tooth and will be sent to a lab for fabrication. While the crown is made, the dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it.
During the second visit, the permanent crown is placed on the tooth. A strong adhesive will bond the crown to the tooth making it a permanent placement. The dentist will adjust the crown as necessary to ensure a comfortable fit. You shouldn’t feel any difference once the crown is fitted properly. With the crown, you can chew as you normally would — no need to avoid certain foods.
If you’re in Montgomery, AL and would like more information on dental crowns, please call our office to schedule an appointment today.