A dental crown is a versatile, restorative and sometimes cosmetic treatment. You may need a crown if you have a severely decayed tooth, need a dental bridge, or undergo root canal therapy or dental implant surgery. No matter your situation, a dental crown can fully restore the function and appearance of your teeth.
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What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a synthetic cap, normally made of a material like porcelain, placed over the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal or dental implant surgery. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, a crown is often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are frequently used to attach bridges, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or when an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. We might also recommend a dental crown for aesthetic reasons, when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Getting a Crown
After a thorough examination of your teeth, Dr. Brooks will devise a treatment plan to suit your needs and will discuss the procedure with you so you fully understand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Placing a dental crown involves several steps and more than one visit to our office:
- The tooth (or teeth) involved usually needs to be trimmed down to make a base for the crown.
- A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made from the cast.
- The impression is sent to a special lab that manufactures the crown specifically for you.
- A temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready.
- Once the permanent crown has been made, it is cemented into place.
Dr. Brooks will make sure that your crown fits perfectly in your mouth and blends in flawlessly with your natural teeth. He will give your care instructions for after the procedure to help ensure that you experience as little discomfort as possible.
Caring For Your Crown
A crown is a permanent restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth. It requires the same care as your natural teeth as well. With proper brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings, your crown will last up to 8 years or longer.
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns, contact our office in St. Paul, MN to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mark Brooks.