What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is typically necessary when a tooth has been broken, fractured or cracked. At Mykleby & Thao Family Dentistry, we offer dental crowns for all ages. The crown improves the structure and integrity of a compromised tooth and can enhance your smile. The crown itself is durable and can last for decades with good oral hygiene and care.
Why do you need Dental Crowns?
Most often, you’ll need a dental crown if one or more teeth have broken or cracked. Many root canal patients will eventually experience a fracture or break in the tooth, which will require the tooth to be crowned. If a tooth has an overly large filling, we may recommend that it be crowned to prevent it from cracked or fracturing. The crown is matched to your existing smile so that it looks natural and realistic.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is ideal for most patients who need to have one placed. The procedure rarely requires anything more than local anesthetic. To determine if your tooth will need to be crowned, you’ll need an exam and possible x-ray. Our doctors will then decipher if you will benefit from a dental crown being placed over the compromised tooth.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Crowns?
First, we will numb the area using a local anesthetic. The tooth is filed down to create a smooth, even abutment for the crown. Impressions are taken for both the temporary and permanent dental crown. The temporary crown is made in-office and you’ll go home the same day with this particular restoration over the tooth. The impression is then sent to a lab where the actual dental crown will be made for you. You will come back in for another appointment where we will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent. Small and slight adjustments are made to the permanent crown so that it fits comfortably and evenly with the rest of your teeth.
If you think you might need a dental crown or would like to know more about this procedure, call our office to speak with one of our helpful office staff members.