Get The “Royal” Treatment
Learning that you need an unfamiliar dental treatment can be a little nerve-racking. We want to help you feel more comfortable with this common dental treatment whether you are in need now or may possibly need this treatment in the future. Continue reading to learn more.
What is a Dental Crown?
The ultimate goal of a dental crown is to restore the function and appearance of a tooth. We typically recommend a dental crown when the tooth root is healthy and intact but the tooth structure is compromised. A dental crown is a permanent cap or covering that is placed over a tooth that is damaged or decayed. It can also be used to finish certain restorations, such as dental implants or dental bridges.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
When used to restore a damaged tooth, a dental crown is often a last resort before a tooth needs to be extracted and a tooth replacement option such as an implant is needed. Our goal is to help patients avoid the loss of a tooth. This is one of the reasons we are so passionate about routine dental care and following through with recommended treatments. A dental crown can be used to:
- Cover a tooth after a root canal or implant
- Cover a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored
- Replace a tooth with a large filling
- Add strength to a tooth with little structure remaining
- Fix a cracked tooth
Process of a Dental Crown
The process for a dental crown is more involved than other treatments such as dental fillings. Typically the treatment process is completed in two office visits. During the first visit, the decay is removed from the natural tooth and the tooth is made smaller to properly fit the dental crown. An impression is made, and a temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is created. Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is placed being sure the fit and bite are perfect.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Spring Hill, FL to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help get your oral health back on track.