A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. Dental crowns serve two very important purposes: to prevent further damage to a tooth and to support it. Crowns are often recommended when a tooth has experienced severe decay and a filling may not be enough.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
- A better option than extraction. In instances of advanced tooth decay, many dentists prefer to save the tooth instead of removing it. This preserves your bite and smile.
- Durable tooth protection. Whether you have a history of tooth decay or a tooth that has had the pulp removed due to infection, dental crowns provide the best protection to maintain the tooth’s integrity and structure.
- Cosmetic applications. For chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth, dental crowns can also be a viable option for improving the aesthetics of your smile.
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Procedure
If Dr. Barnhart determines that a dental crown is the best option for your dental goals, here’s what you can expect during the procedure:
- First, we remove all the decay and place a buildup filling in the tooth needing the crown to provide a good foundation.
- Then we will reduce this tooth for a proper crown fit.
- An impression will then be taken of your bite for crown fabrication.
- We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one.
- The color of porcelain prosthetics can be customized to match your surrounding teeth.
- You will then return once the crown is ready and we will permanently cement it on.
How Long do Dental Crowns Last?
To get the most longevity out of your dental crowns, make sure to take care of them the same way you would your natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily. Having regular dental checkups and cleanings are also important in maintaining dental crown appearance and health.
At Rachel Barnhart DDS, we used the Bioclear matrix system as an alternative to traditional dental crowns. One of the most advanced technologies on the market, Bioclear uses modern materials to create a strong, secure bond with the tooth and offers same-day results – significantly reducing the wait time and the need for a temporary crown.
For the traditional crown, we will use a lab and a digital impression machine to give you a high-quality crown that will last.