What are Crowns?

Crowns are designed to restore full strength, function, and integrity to a tooth that’s been compromised. When a tooth has broken, fractured, cracked, or has had a root canal, it will more than likely need a crown. The crown restores the compromised tooth to its original look and size. This improves the everyday functioning of the tooth, making it easier to chew and eat as well as smile with confidence.

Why would you need a Crown?

You may need a crown if a tooth has been compromised in any way. To determine if a crown is needed, you’ll need to have an exam done by Dr. Sheth. Some of the more common reasons for needing a crown include:

  1. A tooth has broken or cracked
  2. A tooth has chipped or fractured
  3. A tooth has an exceptionally large filling
  4. A tooth has had root canal therapy
  5. You’ve recently had a dental implant that has fully healed

What makes you a candidate for Crowns?

Crown work is ideal for most patients, even younger patients. The crown’s job is to improve the functioning of the actual tooth as well as enhance the patient’s smile. Crowns can be made with a variety of different materials, so they’re long-lasting and incredibly realistic. Most crowns can last for longer than a decade before they’ll need to be replaced. If the crown is cared for properly and you continue with routine dental care, your crown can last as long as 30 years.

What happens during the procedure for a Crown?

The tooth is filed down to create a post-like abutment for the actual crown. If decay is found, this will be removed prior to the crown being placed. Once the tooth is properly filed down, an impression is taken just of this area and sent to a dental laboratory where professional lab techs work diligently to create a customized crown. You’ll go home the same day as your appointment with a composite resin temporary crown. The temporary is then removed at your next appointment so that the permanent can be placed. If the bite is slightly off on the crown, this will be adjusted before you leave the office.

If you think you need a crown or want to know more about this procedure, call our office and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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