When a tooth becomes damaged, whether it is from tooth decay or from injury, there are oftentimes many different restoration options available to you. However, if a tooth is severely damaged, then it may not be a candidate for a traditional dental filling. In these cases, it may be necessary to get a dental crown placed over the affected tooth. Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” are a special type of dental restoration which can help allow you to maintain your own natural tooth instead of requiring an extraction and a prosthesis (such as a bridge, implant, or denture). When it comes to treating damaged teeth, we here at Wilson Dentistry can help you decide of a dental crown is the best option for you.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns, or caps, are a type of restoration which can help strengthen and protect a damaged tooth. This prosthesis goes over your own tooth and is a fantastic option for a patient who may need more than just a filling in the affected tooth. They can come in a wide variety of materials, ranging from metal to ceramic and even porcelain or resin. Not only can they help make the affected tooth stronger and allow you to use it with comfort and ease, it can also dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, as well.
Who Might Benefit from a Dental Crown?
There are many reasons why a person may need a dental crown. Sometimes a person may have tooth decay that is so advanced, a filling cannot properly repair it. Other times, a tooth may become damaged or cracked (whether from injury or infection) and needs a crown to restore it. Crowns can help make a small or misshapen tooth appear more attractive while also strengthening them and making them more durable. We may also advise that a patient get a crown after a root canal procedure. Crowns can go over a dental implant or help complete a dental bridge as well. Finally, we may recommend a crown to a patient who has a tooth that may have been discolored and stained.
Getting Fitted With a Crown
Getting fitted with a dental crown can take several appointments, as it may be necessary to have you return to help ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Typically, though, a crown can be fitted in as little as two appointments (though it can vary on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the patient). The first appointment usually requires a thorough examination of the tooth. It will then be filed down to help prepare it for the restoration. We will then take an impression of the tooth (and sometimes the surrounding teeth), then send that impression to our lab to begin the process of making your crown. While we wait for your permanent crown, we may fit you with a temporary crown. Once your crown is ready, we will have you return for a fitting. Once we are satisfied with the shape and fit of the crown, we will then bond it to your tooth.
It is important to remember to take good care of your crown and treat it like you would take care of your other teeth. You will want to be sure to follow all our aftercare instructions to help ensure the longevity of your crown. If you take proper care of it, you can generally expect the crown to last anywhere between five to fifteen years. To learn more about dental crowns and to determine if you may be a candidate for one, please call us here at Wilson Dentistry at (346) 340-5440 today.