Dental crowns are a restorative treatment for damaged or decayed teeth. A crown is basically a hollow, false tooth. It’s built out of porcelain material and looks like a natural part of your mouth. After your tooth has been trimmed, the crown is bonded to it permanently, covering your natural tooth all the way down to your gum line.
This protects the tooth, restores its shape, eliminates issues like pain and sensitivity, and more, making crowns an excellent way to restore and repair significantly damaged teeth. Contact Dogwood Family Dental now to learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Taylor.
Placing a dental crown is minimally-invasive. Your treatment will take a few appointments over a period of about 2-3 weeks. Learn more below!
To begin the process, Dr. Taylor will need to perform an oral exam at Dogwood Family Dental to make sure you’re a good candidate for treatment with a dental crown.
Depending on the situation, this may take place immediately after your consultation or at a separate appointment. Your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, then your tooth will be trimmed to make room for the crown. Then, images and molds of the tooth will be taken.
The images and molds of your tooth will be sent to a dental lab where your crown will be built. You will be sent home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
After a few weeks, your permanent porcelain crown will arrive at our office, and you’ll come in for your last appointment. Dr. Taylor will remove your temporary crown, check the fit of the porcelain crown, then bond it into place permanently.
You can treat your new crown just like a natural tooth. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss once per day to remove food and other debris from between your teeth.
Make sure you come and see Dr. Taylor for six-month visits at Dogwood Family Dental. At your visit, your teeth will be cleaned and Dr. Taylor will check your teeth and your dental work to make sure your mouth is healthy.
If you grind your teeth, you may wish to make lifestyle changes to reduce grinding. It’s also a good idea to get a nightguard from Dr. Taylor to protect your crown. Untreated grinding could weaken, crack, and damage both your crowns and your natural teeth over time.