In most cases, a tooth needs a crown when the decayed or broken portion is salvageable, but too large for a filling to predictably last. When a crown is used, the damage to the tooth will be corrected to prevent the need to have it extracted. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A dental crown restores the tooth to its original shape and appearance. It is one of the most common dental procedures and is a practically painless procedure.
Dental Crowns are used to:
- cover and protect a tooth that has been weakened, due to decay or injury.
- restore the esthetics of crooked teeth.
- cover stained teeth that won’t go away with professional whitening.
- stabilize sections of a cracked tooth.
- repair broken tooth.
- repair a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- strengthen teeth weakened by large filling, or multiple fillings.
- anchor a dental bridge in place.
- encase a dental implant.
- restore their strength following root canal treatment.
What should I expect when getting a dental crown?
Getting crowns is a very common procedure, and typically follow the below steps:
- The tooth is reduced so the crown can fit over it.
- Impressions of the teeth and gums are made. If crowns will be used as part of a smile makeover, these impressions are used to make models for designing the new length, shape and alignment of your teeth. Tooth impressions will be sent to a lab for crown fabrication to the exact dimensions. Color requirements are specified where applicable.
- A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made.
- On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth. The dentist makes sure that the aesthetics and fit of the crowns are acceptable.
What are temporary and permanent crowns?
- Permanent Crowns — Crowns are normally meant to stay in place for many years. These crowns are normally made in a lab or specialized facility.
- Temporary Crowns — Temporary crowns function like a crown but are not required to last or stay in place. An example is a temporary crown that is put on a tooth for which a permanent crown is being prepared in a lab.
Dental crowns serve as an excellent option for the restoration of your teeth. A dental crown is often the best option to extend the life of a tooth. At Advanced Dental Arts, we have a number of highly qualified dental assistants on staff, as well board-certified dental physicians. We strive to provide each and every one of our patients with the highest quality dental care available in the Tampa, FL area. We are happy to help you schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Call us at 813-701-5074.