What do you do when a tooth breaks, chips, fractures, discolors, or weakens? While there may be several options worth considering, getting a dental crown is one of the best solutions.
In dentistry, a dental crown is an artificial cap fitted over a damaged tooth to restore its natural appearance, shape, and functionality. That’s not all. Dental crowns offer a variety of dental solutions, such as:
If you want to get a dental crown, your dentist will suggest some possible materials. However, you can choose one based on your personal preferences. Common materials for crowns include:
When selecting the material for your dental crowns, you should keep in mind the following factors:
If possible, you should ask your dentist to guide you through the selection process. Below is a checklist of good crown material:
Once you identify the right material for your crown, your dentist will schedule an appointment for the procedure.
On the day of the procedure, the dentist will clean the area around the damaged tooth. This involves removing decay & damaged tissues and the outer surface of the tooth.
Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will either:
Option 1 – Take a mold of the presumed structure of the crown and send it to the lab. The mold will be used to make the permanent crown. Your dentist will then put a temporary crown over the tooth and send you home. This may take about one to two weeks. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will call you to the office and replace the temporary crown with the permanent crown. For this procedure, you’ll have to visit the dental office twice.
Option 2 – Take digital pictures and scans of your dental condition. Your dentist will then make a crown right there in the office. Once it’s ready, the dentist will fix and cement the crown in place. This can be done in one appointment.
Based on the type of crown you choose and your oral hygiene, your crown may last for as long as 15 years. For your crown to last long, please follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions.
Common care tips include:
If you’re considering a dental crown treatment, call Westwood Dental Group to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine if this treatment is suitable for you.