Creating Crowns and Restoring Smiles
Although our teeth are coated with enamel – the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in our body – poor dental care, sporting injuries and car accidents can cause them to decay, break or fracture. A crown is the covering used to entirely encase or “cap” these damaged teeth. This not only strengthens the teeth, it also improves their appearance, shape and alignment. It is particularly effective for teeth that cannot be repaired using fillings or other treatments.
Of the many types of crowns available, porcelain crowns are the most popular, because they can be colored and shaped to look like your natural teeth.
When Do I Need a Crown?
If you have had root canal on a tooth, your dentist will almost always crown it afterwards to strengthen it. Porcelain crowns are also used to build up and restore broken teeth. Other uses for crowns include:
- Large fillings – when there is not much tooth left
- Cosmetic restoration and enhancement
- Fractured fillings
- Decayed teeth
How is the Crown Fitted?
Porcelain crowns can usually be fitted in two visits. At the first one, your dentist will take impressions (or molds) of your teeth, which will then be used to create your crown. This is done in a dental laboratory and usually takes about 2 weeks. In the meantime, you will have a temporary crown fitted.
On your second visit, your dentist will remove your temporary crown and your new, permanent crown will be fitted. The fit will be carefully checked to ensure it is comfortable and that you are biting correctly.
Regular dental visits are encouraged to help your crown last for many years.
If you live in Monona, Madison WI, Sun Prairie or the surrounding region, contact our dental office today.