What Is A Dental Crown?
Used to repair extensive tooth damage or to hide a misshaped or discolored tooth, a dental crown is a common solution used to improve the look of your teeth. A crown is made from a sturdy, hard material that covers your bad tooth and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth.
You need a crown when you break part of your tooth or when you have a large portion of your tooth damaged by tooth decay. In either case, there is not enough healthy tooth left to protect the root and pulp from painful damage. Without a repair, your tooth is not strong enough to withstand chewing on that side of your mouth. The solution is to cover the tooth with a cap that looks just like your tooth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Getting a crown may sound intimidating, but it is really a straightforward process. It requires two appointments in our office – the first to complete the prep work and the second to install the permanent crown.
- We numb your tooth and the surrounding area in your mouth.
- Dr. McManus creates a mold of the existing tooth and the space around the tooth. This mold results in a new crown constructed to the exact specifications of your mouth. It ensures a perfect fit.
- Dr. McManus cleans the existing tooth of any remaining decay or jagged edges left exposed on the natural tooth.
- We fit a temporary crown in the damaged space to protect your tooth while the dental lab manufactures the permanent crown. We fit the temporary crown in place with tooth cement. Since it is temporary, be careful not to eat anything too sticky or too hard using the temporary crown. If it should come off before your new crown is ready, simply call the office and we can re-apply it.
- After a few days, your permanent dental crown is ready, and you return to our office for your second appointment.
- Dr. McManus removes your temporary crown and cements your new crown in place. It may feel awkward at first, but that sensation goes away quickly. While in the office, we examine your bite with the permanent crown in place. We buff or adjust any surfaces of the new crown that impede your bite.
You now have the appearance of a new, perfect tooth to replace the old damaged, inferior tooth. Not only that, your crown is strong enough to withstand the daily grind that all of your teeth are subjected to each day.