Over time our teeth begin to wear and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration among others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, esthetuc 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 adequately support the affected tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding may not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or full gold. To maintain a natural look and feel, a ceramic crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of preparing and delivering a crown typically takes two visits. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped 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 made of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be fabricated so that it fits harmoniously with adjacent and opposing teeth. Additionally, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. Crowns are durable and will usually last many years. You should care for your crowns as you would any of your other teeth including regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.