Crowns cover teeth for protection or for appearance. These crowns can be made from metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic. You may have heard others call them “caps.” Crowns can:
- Cover discolored teeth.
- Protect weak teeth.
- Cover fillings.
- Secure bridges.
- Cover dental implants.
- Cover teeth that have had root canals.
When you come to our office for a crown, we use our intraoral scanner to map the portion of your mouth that requires a crown. This process is efficient and more comfortable than the traditional molds. The tooth that requires the crown will be reduced and shaped. We will use a local anesthetic during this process.
We care about your overall health, including any stress you may feel over this procedure. Be sure to tell our office if you are concerned about pain management or if you have anxiety.
A second scan will ensure the crown fits your tooth securely. We will send that information to the lab. After the scanning process, we may fit you with a temporary crown that you will wear to protect the tooth. At a second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and place your permanent crown.
Crowns are a time-tested procedure for protecting teeth.You should tell us if you are uncomfortable with your crown for any reason. If the crowned tooth feels especially irritated or sensitive, please call our office.
After your crown has been placed, care for it by brushing and flossing. Come in for regular cleanings and checkups. Although crowns tend to be durable, you should avoid chewing hard foods like ice or popcorn kernels, so you do not crack the crown (or any of your other teeth). Following these guidelines can ensure a long life for your crown.
If you have a tooth that might need a crown, call our office today. We are ready to restore your smile!