What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown or “cap” can restore a damaged tooth to its natural shape or function. It also recreates the natural look and color of the tooth, allowing it to fit in with the rest of your smile.
A porcelain crown has a variety of uses:
- Strengthening a damaged or decayed tooth
- Covering up broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Preventing further decay
- Rebuilding the tooth to proper shape and size
- Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge
FAQs about Dental Crowns
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What materials are used in dental crowns?
Dentists often recommend all-porcelain or ceramic crowns. All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are a great option because they look and feel natural. Plus, all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are completely safe.
Which type of crown is right for me?
Here at Today Dental, we’re going to make smart decisions based on your unique needs. In an exam, we will assess your remaining tooth structure, your bite, your budget, and a few other factors. In the end, we’re going to pick the dental crown that best fits your personal preferences.
Is crown placement painful?
The short answer is NO. Our doctors care immensely for your comfort. We numb the area safely during the procedure, so you should not feel any pain.
How is a crown done?
After numbing the area, the dentist cleans out the bacteria from the cavity or fracture. Your dentist will file the surfaces of the tooth gently to create a little space for the new dental crown. Next, an impression is made of the prepared tooth and sent to our innovative lab for crown fabrication.
We will provide a temporary crown while you wait for the final product. In a few weeks, we can show you your new restoration and ask you if you like the fit and feel. If you and your dentist are satisfied, we will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one.
How long do crowns last?
Porcelain crowns have been helping patients protect their smiles for many years. When you brush and floss frequently, and come in for biannual dental exams, crowns can be expected to function well for 15-20 years.
Fillings for Cavities
Just have a cavity? There’s no need to replace the entire tooth crown. With a dental filling, we can fix the hole in your tooth and restore your tooth’s strength, function, and comfort. Each filling is made with a composite material that perfectly blends in with your enamel. No one will even be able to tell that you’ve had a cavity after one of our first-rate filling treatments.
If you think a crown might be right for your smile or you need a filling, give us a call to schedule your consultation at Today Dental!