Dental crowns—also referred to as "tooth caps”—can restore a broken or damaged tooth so patients can chew comfortably again. Often dental crowns are used to cover back molars that have become compromised because of a large filling that has fractured. But sometimes crowns are used cosmetically, toward the front of your mouth, and they can cover up a tooth that is stained or misshapen.
Let’s take a closer look at how dental crowns done at our Chesterfield, MO practice can improve your smile.
Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
The following are some of the most common reasons people need a dental crown:
- They have had a root canal and a crown is needed to protect the restored tooth.
- They have a dental implant that needs a crown restoration.
- One of their teeth has a cavity that cannot be fixed with a filling.
- They have a tooth that is stained, oddly shaped, cracked, or broken, and a crown is needed to restore both the form and function of their smile.
The Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown
Plan on making at least two trips to the dentist to complete the crown procedure.
In the first visit, your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown. This is done by removing the outer portion of the tooth. Then an impression of the tooth will be made; this will be sent to the lab where the crown will be fabricated.
You’ll get a temporary crown while you wait a couple of weeks for your custom crown to be made. The temporary crown will enable you to eat comfortably, but it is not attached to your tooth as well as the custom crown will be, so you should use caution before eating chewy, sticky foods.
When your permanent crown is ready, you will make another appointment to go to the dentist so it can be placed. It will be adjusted as needed, so it is comfortable to bite down.
Find out more about how your smile can be improved with a dental crown by contacting Chesterfield Valley Dental. We look forward to making you smile!