If a tooth experiences severe decay, cracking, or other disfigurement, a dental crown may be the solution for you. At Dentistry By RSE, we offer dental crowns, which covers a tooth and offers several benefits. Most importantly, a crown will seal cracks and conceal damage to prevent further wear and erosion of your natural tooth. A crown can also work when there is not enough natural tooth left to support a filling. Finally, a crown will improve the appearance of your tooth and overall smile. Cap and crown are both terms for the same product and can be used interchangeably.
The first step in fitting your tooth with a crown is to clean and shape your natural tooth to the proper form for a crown. This will allow for the ceramic crown to fit naturally with the rest of your teeth and the space available for the particular tooth. Next, an impression or 3-D scan of the tooth and surrounding gums will be taken to make a crown that exactly fits your tooth. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while waiting for processing and fabrication of the final crown. This usually takes a few weeks. Once the final crown is ready, you will come in for a follow up appointment and the crown will be bonded to your tooth.
In fitting your tooth with a crown, our dentists take special care to blend the crown with the shape, color, and size of the rest of your teeth. The crown that will be placed over the problem tooth will look as natural as possible. In some instances, a single visit Cerec Crown procedure can be done. Be sure to discuss this and any other questions with us during your consultation meetings.
Longevity and Maintenance
High quality dental crowns can expect to last for a long time if taken care of properly. Brushing and flossing regularly helps. It’s important to eliminate habits that are bad for the health of your teeth to ensure the longevity of your crown. You must take special care to not put undue stress on the crown such as biting your nails or chewing ice. These habits will decrease the lifetime of your crown and the rest of the enamel on your other teeth.
Finally, in initial and follow up consultations with us, it is important to raise any concerns you may have with an improperly fitted crown. This can cause unnecessary wear to your crown or other natural teeth.