Dental crowns restore teeth weakened by injuries or decay. For example, you may need aif you fractured your tooth while playing football.
A crown can also restore a tooth with a cavity that’s too big for a filling, inlay, or onlay. A dental crown is like a “tooth cap” that covers the entire visible part of your tooth above the gums.
We’ll need to remove enough tooth structure to make room for the dental crown. Otherwise, your tooth will look big or bulky once we place the dental crown. Next, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth to send to the lab that’ll make your crown. While you wait for your permanent tooth crown, we’ll place a temporary cover over your teeth.
When you return for your second appointment with us, your permanent tooth crown will be ready. Our cosmetic dentists will make sure your new restoration is the right shape, size, and color. They’ll then replace your temporary dental crown with the permanent one.
Before you leave, we’ll check your bite to make sure you won’t feel discomfort later while chewing. We may also check in with you later to make sure you’re satisfied with your new.
Take care of your dental crown like you do the rest of your smile. This will help prevent cavities from forming around your new dental crown. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque. We may recommend adding a fluoride rinse if you still have plaque buildup during your next visit with us.