Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

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Patients who have severely damaged teeth can preserve those teeth with dental crowns. These devices can help the patient avoid extraction in many cases.

Dental crowns are valuable tools for restoring teeth in just a matter of weeks. In order to get the best results from the treatment process, it will help for you to know what to expect and how to maintain your dental crowns.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed on top of a biological tooth that has been significantly compromised by advanced tooth decay or due to facial trauma.

Dental crowns can be made of various materials, including porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. Different materials will be suitable in different scenarios, and your dentist can give you guidance about which option is best for you.

Dental crowns made of porcelain or ceramics can be tailored to blend in with the patient’s biological teeth for optimal aesthetic results. In fact, teeth that have been fitted with dental crowns often are indistinguishable from their natural neighbors.

Why do I need a dental crown?

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a number of reasons, including:

  • Restoring a tooth with a cavity that is too large to be addressed by a standard filling
  • Protecting a tooth that has been damaged by injury
  • To reduce the risk that a tooth will break following root canal therapy

If you have questions about the need for a crown or would like to explore alternatives, we encourage you to discuss those concerns with your provider.

What can I expect from the dental crown treatment process?

The process of getting a dental crown takes place over the course of at least 2-3 appointments. At the initial evaluation, the information needed for the crown’s design will be collected. This may include photos, measurements or dental impressions.

The tooth will be prepped for crown placement at that time, as well. This involves removing a layer of enamel to make room for the crown.

The data gathered at the evaluation is forwarded to a dental lab, which will create your crown in just a few weeks. When it is ready, you’ll return to our office to have it placed. Keep in mind that further adjustments can be made until the crown is bonded to your tooth.

To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, contact Towson Dental Care to schedule a consultation.