Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
The process of installing a crown takes 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. We can also schedule our talented lab technician to come to the office during your appointment for a custom shade. She will take pictures and determine the appropriate shade thereby matching it to your natural teeth. This is recommended if we are doing a crown in the front of your mouth next to natural teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You may again have a local anesthetic to numb the area if desired and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.