Most people get dental crowns at some point in their lives. A crown is a cap that fits over a natural tooth. It restores the tooth’s full function, improves its appearance, and protects it. The process is not painful and usually takes just two visits. When should you get a crown? How are dental crowns made?
When You Need a Crown
Dentists use crowns for a variety of purposes. If a tooth becomes damaged and a filling can’t fix it, a crown can restore it. After a root canal, you’ll most likely get a crown over the affected tooth to keep it strong. Crowns can also improve the appearance of misshapen teeth or teeth with deep stains.
How Dental Crowns Are Made
Crowns are made from materials like ceramic, steel, resin, and metal alloy. Here at Ashley Laird, DDS, we usually use a composite resin that we match to the shade of your natural tooth. The best material depends on what tooth it will cover, your budget, and what Dr. Laird believes fits your needs.
The dental crown process usually takes two visits. At the first appointment, we’ll look at the tooth to make sure the crown will fit properly. We may file the tooth down, add density to it using a filling, or both. When we’re ready, we’ll take impressions of your smile so the crown fits your bite. While the lab creates your permanent crown, you’ll get a temporary crown. At the second appointment, we’ll bond the permanent crown to the tooth. The area may be sensitive for a week or two, so brush and floss carefully. If you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your crown can last 15+ years.
Do You Need a Crown?
If it’s been a while since your last appointment or you know you need a dental crown, come visit our Tyler office! Dental crowns are custom-made to fit your smile and needs. If you any questions about crowns or our other services, please contact us today.