Crowns, or caps, are placed over natural teeth in order to offer protection for the natural tooth structure. A dental crown can restore both the function and aesthetics to any tooth that may have been restored with root canal therapy or may have been damaged. Crowns are also a solution for restoring the cosmetic appearance of a tooth that is discolored or otherwise misshapen. At Harmony Dental we provide our patients with dental crowns to meet their restorative and cosmetic needs.
What Can Crowns Address
Dental crowns can treat a variety of oral wellness concerns. Each crown that you receive will be custom fit to your tooth and your bite, to assure you of the comfort that you need.
Crowns can offer protection for teeth that have been weakened or damaged, whether as the result of an injury or advanced decay. Protection of a tooth that has been damaged or has undergone restorative treatment can help to keep decay from further destroying the tooth.
Teeth that have extensive decay may not be readily restored with a filling. Root canal therapy will remove the decay and infection. The placement of a crown will protect the restored tooth, and help to reinforce it so that you can continue to use it.
Crowns can be used to alter the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen. As the crowns can be made in any size, shape, or color, you will be able to get the smile that you want.
What Materials Are Used To Make Crowns?
Dental crowns are offered in a variety of materials, based upon the type of crown and where it will be placed in your mouth. Crowns can be made with porcelain, composite resin, metal alloys, or porcelain fused onto metal. Each of these materials can be color-matched with the shade of your natural teeth, to ensure that you get a seamless and natural look.
The Crown Process
There are several steps that are involved in the process of getting a dental crown. It generally takes two office visits to get a dental crown.
If there is decay, it will need to be addressed prior to the placement of the crown. The restored tooth will need to be prepared so that the crown will fit seamlessly and assure you of a perfect bite. If there is insufficient structure remaining to offer support for the crown, our dentist may take steps to build up the tooth. Impressions of the tooth will be taken, to get the perfect fit for the dental crown. These impressions are what the laboratory will use to mill the crown.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown can be placed on the tooth to offer it protection until the permanent crown is ready. It can take up to two weeks for the permanent crown to be ready for placement.
When the dental crown is ready for placement, you will return to the office. There may be some minor adjustments needed, to assure you of a comfortable fit. At this point, the crown will be permanently cemented to your natural tooth.
At Harmony Dental we offer our patients the restorative treatments needed to promote good oral health. Call (541) 246-3250 to schedule your consultation.