Understanding Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that may be used for restorative or cosmetic purposes. Crowns allow your dentist to replace the majority of the surface area of a tooth to address significant decay or cosmetic concerns. Dental crowns are a long-lasting solution that will resist wear and tear so you can enjoy a confident smile and continue to eat all the foods you love.
Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns serve several purposes in both restorative and aesthetic dentistry. A dental crown is designed to cover the majority of a tooth’s surface, and can be used to restore and reshape teeth that have been broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Following a root canal procedure, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it and restore it. If you receive a bridge to replace a missing tooth, the teeth that anchor the bridge will be fitted with crowns to hold the bridge securely in place. Porcelain crowns are also a popular cosmetic dentistry solution used to address tooth wear, damage, or even staining and other discoloration.
Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown may take one to two dental visits, depending on your individual situation. First, excess enamel will be removed from the tooth to accommodate the placement of the crown. Next, your dentist will design the crown to look just like the natural tooth it is replacing. Crowns may be made from several dental materials, including porcelain and metal, as well as a combination of the two. Once the design is complete, the crown will be fabricated and cemented permanently to your tooth to complete the procedure.
John Carson, DDS, can help you explore all your restorative and cosmetic dentistry options for a full and appealing smile. Our office features CEREC porcelain crowns for single-visit dental crowns to help you save time when visiting the dentist. You can give us a call at (520) 514-7203 or click on our website to schedule an appointment and find out more about the benefits of crowns, veneers, and bridges.