If your tooth is compromised by decay or damage, you may be suffering from discomfort and impaired function.
Dr. Kyle F. Long can design and place a custom dental crown to protect and restore strength to your tooth.
Why should you repair your tooth with a dental crown?
A Trusted Restorative Solution
A dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to restore its structure and strength and protect it from further damage.
Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials designed to withstand natural biting forces for up to 10 years or more.
Dental crowns can be made entirely of tooth-colored materials that will blend seamlessly into your smile.
How is a dental crown placed?
A dental crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns can also be used to support dental bridges or top dental implants to restore missing teeth.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.