All About Dental Crowns
What is it?
A dental crown is a cover or “cap” that we can put over your tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore your tooth to its normal shape, size, and function.
It has a number of other purposes including protecting a weak tooth, holding a bridge in place, and/or covering unsightly teeth.
What are they made of?
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin may be used. When a crown is made, the material is usually colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
We’ll want your crown to look natural and fit comfortably in your mouth. To decide which material to use for your crown, we’ll consider many factors including the location of your tooth and its function, the position of your gum tissue, your preference, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, and last but not least– the color and shade of your tooth.
How are they placed?
It usually takes about two dental visits to complete placing a crown. When we place a crown over a natural tooth, several steps are involved.
1.) Preparation of your tooth.
We’ll start by preparing your tooth by removing the outer portion so the crown will fit. At this time, we’ll remove any decay. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, your dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
2.) An impression is taken.
The next step is to take an impression of your tooth. This is so we’re able to provide the lab an exact model for the crown. The impression can be made from a mold or by digitally scanning your tooth.
3.) A temporary crown is made.
When we send your impression to the lab, you’ll need to wait about 2 weeks for your permanent crown to be ready. While this is being done, we’ll put a temporary crown in its place. While you have your temporary crown, your tooth may be extra sensitive to extreme temperatures. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods while your temporary crown is in.
4.) The permanent crown is placed.
When your new crown is ready, your dentist will place it in your mouth and make the necessary adjustments. When you’re happy with how it looks and feels, we’ll cement the crown into place.
Watch this short video to see exactly how dental crowns are placed.
Make an Appointment
If you think you need a crown, please call one of our five locations to schedule a consultation. Or, if you prefer, you can click here to request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you on your road to optimal dental health.
At Angel Dental Care, our doctors and staff are committed to providing you with the best quality dental experience. The stress-free comfort of our offices allows our patients to relax and enjoy their appointments. With three convenient locations in Cleveland, Garfield Heights, and Akron, we are able to provide superior dental care to thousands of family’s located in Northeast Ohio.