Our dentists at Cleary Dental use dental crowns to help us do our job of replacing the appearance and usage of your teeth and provide you with a better smile. Crowns can also be called dental caps. A crown will cover the entire visible portion of your tooth; therefore they are only used when most of your tooth structure has sustained damage. A dental crown is a tooth-like covering that is placed over teeth that have suffered from tooth decay to restore their normal structure and function.
If you are getting a dental crown, it will take two appointments. The first appointment will allow the dentist to prepare your tooth and the second one will allow the dentist to attach your crown.
Your First Appointment
The first part of the procedure will be taking x-ray photos of your mouth around the decayed area. For this, your body will be covered with a lead apron to protect it from radiation and our dentist will stand behind a barrier. The x-ray machine will align with your smile and take clear photos of your mouth as you bite down on a hard plastic tool in different areas. If you have pulp damage, the dentist will need to perform a root canal before you can have a crown. Your tooth must be prepared to receive a crown. We will do this by reshaping your tooth. Before we shape your tooth with a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument we can inject a local anesthetic. Now the dentist can file your damaged tooth without pain. Our dentist will make an impression of your tooth which has been shaped to support a crown. Your crown will be manufactured at a dental lab and a temporary cap will be used to cover your tooth until your next appointment.
Your Second Appointment
During your second appointment, your crown can be attached. This can happen in about two weeks after your initial appointment. Your crown will be made of gold, silver, porcelain, ceramic, or resin. Choose a gold or silver amalgam crown if durability is what you value most. Choose a crown made of or coated with tooth-colored resin if the aesthetic is most important to you. Before cementing your crown into place, our dentist will make sure that it is the perfect match and fit. Finally, our dentist can permanently adhere your crown to the base of your tooth.
Dental Crown Care
Your new dental crown will last up to 15 years if you provide the right care. This means that your teeth are still at risk of decay and gum disease, and you still need to practice proper dental health. Good dental care means tending to your smile every day and developing good habits by brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day or after each meal. You should also use a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash that can help you by preventing cavities. The final step to ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy is to visit our dentist every six months for an exam and a cleaning.
Get Your Dental Crown With Us!
Our dentists at Cleary Dental are experienced in expertly restoring your teeth while providing the best individual care. Allow us to be your trusted care provider by calling us today at (856) 528-8607.