When a tooth cannot be repaired by a filling or the repair by a filling would be too large to maintain its strength then a dental crown is your best option. With a dental crown, the visible portion of your tooth is reduced in size and shaped to allow space for a crown to cover the tooth in order to give the tooth strength and an esthetic look. Crowns are made of a variety of substances, however, today most crowns are made of some sort of tooth colored esthetic material.
Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for many years, but the techniques for fitting and the materials they are made of have continued to improve with new advances in dentistry. Consequently you can expect your crown to be esthetic, long lasting and well fitting.
Dental crowns offer several benefits. The first and foremost benefit is being able to predictably restore your tooth with strength and esthetics. A crown is a permanent solution to repair a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or breakage. Additionally the crown can be made to match closely with your other teeth, keeping your smile looking natural.
Fitting of Dental Crowns
The process for fitting a patient for a dental crown usually involves two appointments in our office. In the first appointment, we will create a mold of your existing tooth and remove any decay. Then we will prepare the tooth to receive a crown. Since it usually takes several days to have your crown prepared, we will fit you with a temporary crown during this first visit.
On your second appointment, we will gently remove the temporary crown and adhere the new permanent crown in its place. We will then spend some time making sure the fit and bite are correct. This may require some minor adjustments to the surface of the crown to make sure it fits perfectly with your upper teeth. This is a normal part of the procedure.
At Allen Dentistry, we often install porcelain dental crowns for our patients when a tooth has been broken or severely damaged by decay. Contact us today to schedule a visit to discuss whether a dental crown is the right solution for you.