A crown is like a jacket that covers an entire tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of procedures.
A crown is typically recommended when you are suffering from one of the following:
- Fractured fillings
- Severe tooth decay
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
What does getting a crown entail?
A crown procedure usually requires 2-3 appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several molds that will be used to craft your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a short-term crown which will stay on your tooth for roughly two weeks until your new crown is made by a dental lab.
While your mouth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay and molding the surface to correctly fit the crown. Then your temporary crown will be filled with cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting correctly. At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite is accurate and comfortable.
Crowns are long-lasting and typically last around 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Are you interested in learning more about Crowns? Call Paige Family Dentistry, located in Richmond, VA to have your questions answered by one of our friendly and knowledgeable employees. (804-321-4065)