Dental Crowns – Purpose

Dental crowns are caps that are tooth-shaped and placed over teeth. They are used to restore a tooth’s structural, functional, and aesthetic integrities. When crowns are cemented into place, they cover the tooth from all sides, encasing the entire visible portion that is present above and at the gum line.

Crowns are advised in the following cases –

There are many types of crowns available. They are as follows –

Dental Crowns – Procedure

Getting fitted for a crown is usually a 2-appointment procedure. Your dentist will consider the following factors before deciding the material for your crown –

The first visit involves a thorough examination of the oral cavity, including X-rays of the tooth in question. In case your dentist at River Rock finds extensive decay or risk of injury or infection to the pulp, they might perform a root canal treatment.

The affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue will be numbed using local anesthesia. The tooth will then be reshaped to make room for the dental crown. The amount of tooth material that is cut down depends on the material of the crown that is chosen.

After the reshaping, impressions of both the upper and lower jaws are taken and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be manufactured. Your dentist might place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the final fitting.

The crown is made and returned to your dentist’s office within 2-3 weeks, which is when you will have your second appointment. The temporary crown will be removed. Your dentist will check the color and fit of the final crown. If they are satisfied with the crown, they will cement it into place.

Dental Crowns – Complications

Dental Crowns – Care

Once your tooth has been fitted with a crown, it is important to take great care of it. Proper care ensures a crown’s long life. Here is how you can do it – 

For further information on dental crowns, feel free to get in touch with River Rock Dental.