A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that covers a tooth and restores its shape and size. Placed on fractured or badly decayed teeth, the crown restores your ability to chew with the tooth. Once placed, the crown covers the entire visible part of your tooth. We also place crowns when attaching bridges, covering implants, or improving the appearance of stained teeth. Crowns can be made from different types of materials, including stainless steel, gold or other metal alloys, porcelain or composite resin.
The first step to the dental crown procedure is taking x-rays to make sure the root of the tooth and the surrounding bone are ready for the crown. If the tooth root is infected, a root canal treatment may be necessary before the crown is put into place. Once the tooth is ready, we will numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue with a local anesthesia. We’ll then file down the tooth to make room for the crown. How much is filed away depends on the material used for the crown. Then, a mold is taken of the tooth from which the crown will be made. Once the crown is ready, the tooth is then prepared and the crown is bonded in place.
Dental crowns are a dependable method of restoring a tooth back to full functionality and appearance. With proper care, your dental crown can last eight years or longer, but it’s extremely important to floss in the area of the crown to prevent excess plaque from forming. If you have a tooth that is severely decayed, make an appointment today to find out about the best ways to restore it.