Over time our teeth can become weaker and more susceptible to problems such as decaying, cracking, discoloration, and more. If after a routine checkup, if we notice that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary to ensure that the remaining tooth can continue to function properly and be protected from future and more significant damage.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. The most aesthetic crowns are made from porcelain, a ceramic material that can be designed to blend in with and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes two visits to Brent Dental Arts:
- Visit 1: We prepare the tooth by removing all weakened tooth structure and creating the necessary clearance so that the crown can be placed on top of the shaped surfaces. We offer a local anesthetic so that you will not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been shaped, we take a mold (impression) of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This is then sent to our dental lab who will build a custom crown, that fits in position and looks very much like the surrounding teeth. Before the first visit is completed, Dr. Brent will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
*The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be created and returned to our office.
- Visit 2: Dr. Brent will place and fit the permanent crown. You may again require a local anesthetic to numb the area. Usually, some adjusting and modification is needed to create a harmonious bite relationship, which is quick and easy. You will be able to fully approve of the look and feel before the final cementation.
Crowns are very strong and durable and usually last about 10 years. Many patients have them for much longer even though most insurance companies will pay to replace a crown with a new one every 5 years. You must care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing because it can become decayed (get a cavity), just like a natural tooth. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.