Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks and discoloration. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns may help you recover your smile. If your dentist diagnosed a tooth with advanced decay or it is weakened and cracked a filling or bonding will not be sufficient. A crown will be necessary to prevent additional problems with the tooth.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. 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 and appear like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. During the first visit the tooth is shaped by filing down the enamel so the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this procedure so you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth is reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. Your dentist fits you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.The mold of the area is sent to a dental laboratory and your new crown is made to look the same as the surrounding teeth.
The crown takes about three weeks to be returned to your dentist. Your next appointment is to place and fit the permanent crown. You will have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth is placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. 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 if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.