Cap a damaged tooth to keep it protected
As people become older, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to issues such as decay, cracks and discoloration. If your dentist notices that a tooth has developed decay or has become weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to stop the decay and ensure the tooth has no additional issues.
Crowns can be made from a number of materials, specifically 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 make the crown blend in with your natural teeth.
To install a crown takes 2 to 3 trips to your dentist. During the first visit, the tooth that will receive the crown will be reshaped by filing the enamel so the crown can be placed over it. A local anesthetic will be administered before this part of the procedure so there is no discomfort. When the tooth is reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. The mold will be sent to a dental lab so the crown can be made. The crown will fit over the existing tooth and will look the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving the office, your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready.
It will take about 2 to 3 weeks for the crown to return from the lab. At this time, you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the crown stays in place.
The next day when you look in the mirror, you will see a brand new smile. Crowns are durable and can last as many as 15 to 20 years. Care for your crown as you would for any of your other teeth. Brush and floss regularly and use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse. Call Riverview Dental today if you would like to learn more about crowns and how they can help restore your smile.