What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown can be helpful when placed over a tooth that is compromised or damaged. When a tooth fractures, cracks or breaks, it can be detrimental to your oral health. Over time, the tooth can become more and more damaged until a full extraction is needed. In order to restore the tooth, a crown is placed to mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Why would Dental Crowns be needed?
There are many reasons for why you may need a crown. These crowns can provide both cosmetic and restorative benefits to the patient undergoing treatment. Some of the reasons you’d need a crown include:
- A tooth is broken, cracked or has fractured
- A tooth has a large area of decay
- You have a tooth with a large filling
- A tooth recently underwent a root canal
Who is a candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dr. Alfonso will examine your teeth to determine if you might benefit from a dental crown. Most patients who need a crown should have the restoration placed as soon as possible. This prevents further damage to the tooth and helps to restore your smile. Crowns are made for each individual patient so that they look as natural as possible.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
The procedure will begin with an anesthetic used to numb the area. Dr. Alfonso will then file down the damaged tooth to make room for the new crown. We will take detailed impressions of the tooth and surrounding area. This is used to make the actual crown. You’ll go home from the initial appointment with a temporary crown in place. You’ll then come back to the office in about a week or two to have the temporary removed and the permanent crown placed. We adjust the fit and bite, and you will be ready to leave the office with your brand new crown.
If you would like to learn more about crowns and how they are placed, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.