Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and can become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed, or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in with the rest of your smile.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
Dental crowns typically take about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time, you will need to have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again be given local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using permanent dental cement to ensure that the crown sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your beautiful, newly restored smile. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today at (386) 752-1220 if you would like to learn more about how dental crowns can help improve your smile.