Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and wear. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your chewing effectiveness and your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be suggested as a long term restoration to fully restore the area. In some cases a filling alone will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. To maintain a natural look a porcelain crown can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of making a crown usually takes 2 visits. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped 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 and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to Professional Dental Lab so that your new crown can be made to look like the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, the office stafff will make a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At the second appointment the new crown will be checked for fit and function before connecting it to the tooth. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and with diligent oral hygiene they will usually last over 20 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.