Porcelain crowns are versatile dental restorations, normally used to improve the appearance and function of damaged, decayed or otherwise compromised teeth. A crown rejuvenates the affected tooth’s appearance, restores optimal chewing and biting function and protects the tooth from additional damage or decay. It is also matched to the surrounding natural teeth so it is virtually undetectable.
A strong, attractive, well-fitting crown requires the skill of a talented cosmetic dentist like Dr. Nancy Snyder. Dr. Snyder has a reputation in Fort Oglethorpe and the surrounding areas for her excellent work with crowns. If you have a dental problem that you believe could be solved by the placement of a dental crown, don’t hesitate to request a consultation with Dr. Snyder to explore your options.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
There are a few different circumstances in which you may require a crown:
- You have a particularly weak or worn tooth that needs structural support and protection.
- You have a broken or fractured tooth.
- You have a cavity that is too large for a filling.
- You would like to improve the shape, size or color of an abnormal tooth.
Dental crowns can play a part in replacing missing teeth. One example is dental bridges, which close the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge is constructed with dental crowns, which cap the teeth on either side of the gap and support an artificial tooth that fills the gap. Crowns are also used to cover dental implant posts placed to restore the look and feel of missing teeth.
The Dental Crown Placement Process
The process to achieving a beautifully restored tooth with a dental crown typically requires two dental visits.
During the first visit, Dr. Snyder will examine the affected tooth and recommend whether a crown is best suited to your needs. If so, she will have to remove a small bit of tooth structure to make room to accommodate the crown. Impressions will be taken of the affected tooth and its surroundings to create an exact model of the tooth. The color of the crown will be selected. Dr. Snyder will send the mold and color selection to the dental laboratory she uses for customized crowns. While the final restoration is being constructed, Dr. Snyder can place a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth.
Once the permanent crown is ready, the second visit is scheduled. Dr. Snyder will remove the provisional covering and position the crown in place, checking its fit against the bite. If everything looks and feels good, she will bond the new crown to the prepared tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
Crowned teeth should be brushed and flossed daily and checked by a dentist at least every six months. With the proper care and attention, a dental crown can last for many years.