Even patients that are extremely vigilant about their oral health might find themselves dealing with damaged or misaligned teeth at some point in their life. For some patients, this damage is so severe that the entire tooth must be encapsulated to protect the inner pulp and improve the form and function of the patient’s smile. If this is the case, dental crowns are one of the best options for a complete tooth restoration.
Dental crowns are custom “caps” that completely cover a damaged or misaligned tooth. While crowns can be attached to dental implants, they are typically used to protect existing teeth. Some of the most common reasons that crowns are used include severe chips, cracks that have exposed the pulp of a tooth, misalignment, and internal staining. Crowns are typically considered to be both a restorative and cosmetic treatment option.
What to Expect During Your Dental Crown Procedure
The process of attaching dental crowns will vary between patients. In most cases, our dentist will begin by taking precise impressions of the upper and lower teeth to create a dental crown that perfectly matches their natural teeth. Once the crown has been manufactured, the patient will need to schedule a second appointment to have them attached.
At the start of the procedure, our dentists will use a topical anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding soft tissue. The tooth will then need to be cleaned and gently reshaped if these steps were not carried out during the first appointment. Once the natural tooth will support the dental crown, the dental crown is cemented in place. Patients must carefully follow their aftercare instructions in the following weeks as the dental crown continues to settle and harden in place. Modern dental crowns often last for 20 to 25 years.