There are many great restorative procedures available that can improve the strength of damaged teeth and even improve the appearance of your smile. A popular and widely used single tooth restoration is a dental crown. Our team at Rockton Dental uses crowns to protect and salvage your damaged teeth.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is basically a cap that completely encapsulates and protects a damaged and unsightly tooth. Crowns are used when your tooth has suffered damage or decay that is too severe to be corrected with a filling but does not require extraction. They are a great way to save your natural teeth while also improving the appearance of your smile.
Crowns can be made from one of several materials. Our team will discuss the various materials with you during your visit and help you choose which material best meets your needs. The location of your crown and whether or not you want it to be color-matched to your existing teeth are important factors to consider when choosing the material of your crown.
If our team is placing a crown on one of your teeth that will be visible when you smile, then you may want a porcelain or composite material that will give the appearance of a natural tooth. If we are placing a crown on a molar and you want the most durable material available, then the crown can be constructed from one of several different metals.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The lifespan of your crown will depend on good oral hygiene and eating habits, as well as receiving regular professional cleanings. According to Healthline, a crown will last approximately ten years but can last up to twenty years with ideal care. It is also important that you avoid extremely hard foods, such as hard candies, if you have a non-metal crown.
Are Crowns Installed In One Visit?
Traditional crowns will take two separate visits. During your initial visit, our team will take a mold of your existing tooth and also select the color of your crown if you choose to have a color-matched crown as opposed to a metal crown. This information will be used to manufacture your crown, which will take several weeks.
Our professional will administer an anesthetic and shape your tooth to allow for the best fit of the crown. They will place a temporary crown over your damaged tooth to protect it while you wait for your final crown to be completed. When you return, they will remove the temporary crown. The final crown is then placed over your damaged tooth and secured with dental cement.
In some cases, a same-day crown can be used. During this process, our team takes digital images of your mouth. These images are used to create a crown with a Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program. The installation procedure of same-day crowns is the same as traditional crowns.
If you have a damaged tooth that is causing you pain, it is time to see our professionals at Rockton Dental and find out if a crown is right for you. You can schedule your appointment by calling our team at (815) 624-3269 today.