Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel that your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you to regain the smile of your dreams. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases such as this, bonding with a filling material will not be sufficient. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown.
Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit perfectly in the spot created for it, and to ensure that it is the same size relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready, so that you never have to walk around without a tooth in place. The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have a final appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing, to guarantee a long life for the crown. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.