A dental crown is like a cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the tooth’s shape, function, or the aesthetics of the smile.
Why Dental Crowns Are Used
There are few reasons why Dr. Blake Brown may suggest a dental crown. These reasons include:
- Improving the aesthetics of your smile
- Protecting a cracked or weakened tooth from breaking
- To cover misshapen or discolored teeth
- To support a dental bridge
- To restore a tooth that has either broken or been worn down
What To Expect During Your Dental Crown Procedure
During the first visit to the office, your tooth will be x-rayed and thoroughly examined in order to detect any potential problems with the procedure. If the tooth is infected, it may need root canal therapy before a crown can be placed. Next, the tooth and the soft tissue surrounding the tooth will be anesthetized so you won’t feel any pain. The tooth will then be filed down on the sides and the chewing surface to make room for the thickness of the dental crown. Once this is done, a mold will be taken of your tooth in order for a dental lab to create a custom dental crown. Lastly, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown while we wait for the permanent one to be created.
At your second and final appointment, usually two weeks later, the temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Blake will place the permanent crown into your mouth. He will thoroughly check the fit of the crown to make sure it’s comfortable and then the crown will be cemented into place. If you’re in need of a dental crown, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office in Durango, CO.