What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a specialized prosthesis that is designed to look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. After your tooth has been trimmed, a crown can be attached to it to repair damage to the tooth from a dental injury, tooth decay, or any other oral health issue.
Today, dental crowns are typically made of a porcelain tooth that is bonded to a durable metal base. These crowns look and feel very natural, and their color can be matched to your surrounding teeth, providing you with better cosmetic results. However, other materials like gold and stainless steel are sometimes used for crowns, too.
Crowns are typically recommended for restoring decayed teeth if a filling is not a good option, or if a large, old filling appears to be failing. Dental crowns are also commonly used to restore teeth after root canal therapy, and to repair teeth that have been cracked or broken by an oral injury.
Why Would I Need A Crown?
Dental crowns are the best option for repairing your teeth if they have been damaged by decay or dental trauma. This is because, unlike a filling or any other restorative treatment, crowns cover up your entire tooth structure, all the way down to the gum line.
This means that your tooth can be repaired even if it has been seriously damaged, and that it will be protected from further damage and complications. Since your remaining healthy enamel is completely covered up by the crown, you won’t have to worry about further decay or damage to the enamel of your tooth.
However, crowns are not always used solely for restorative purposes. In some cases, dental crowns may be used for cosmetic dentistry. For example, if you need to restore a very stained tooth or a tooth that’s severely misshapen or uneven, a cosmetic treatment like veneers or dental bonding may not be ideal. A crown may be the best way to restore your tooth, and provide you with a better smile.
The Crown Placement Process
After you’ve been approved for a dental crown, the crown placement process at Auburn Hills Family Dentistry typically requires two appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. To begin, you’ll come into our office to have your tooth prepared for your crown.
Dr. Josh Haycock will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Once the treatment area is sufficiently numb, he will begin trimming away decayed or damaged enamel using a dental drill, and he will shape your tooth into a sturdy, stable platform for your dental crown. After your tooth has been trimmed, he will use a set of dental trays to take impressions of your teeth, and attach a temporary resin crown to your tooth to protect it until your second appointment.
Then, you’ll be sent home. Dr. Haycock will send your dental impressions to a dental lab, where your permanent crown will be made out of a ceramic porcelain material by a lab technician. This will take about 2-3 weeks, in most cases.
Finally, you’ll come in for your second appointment. Dr. Haycock will remove your temporary crown, clean the area, and check your permanent crown to ensure it fits perfectly. Once everything looks good, Dr. Haycock will bond your crown onto your tooth permanently with dental cement, completing the procedure.