As you age, your teeth gradually begin to weaken and become more prone to dental problems, such as tooth decay, cracks, discoloration and other issues. If you are suffering from such dental complications, it may be time to consider dental crowns to help you restore your smile. To ensure there are no other problems with your decayed, weakened or cracked tooth, your dentist may opt to use a dental crown. A simple filling or bonding will not be sufficient in cases of cracked and decayed teeth.
Crowns can be made three different ways: they can be made from pure porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain the natural look and feel of your teeth, a porcelain-finished crown is best appearance wise. It can be perfectly matched to the shade of your other existing teeth. This shade matching process will allow your crown to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
On average, the process of installing a crown takes two to three dental visits. On the first visit, the dentist will reshape the tooth by filing down the enamel, so that the crown can be placed over top of it. For this procedure, patients will be given a local anesthetic beforehand, so that they do not experience any pain or discomfort. Once the tooth has been filed and completely reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will then be sent to a dental lab, where a new crown can be made to perfectly fit in that spot, so it looks relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving this initial dental visit, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being made.
The crown takes about two to three weeks to be made and returned to your dentist. At the end of this time, you will schedule another appointment with your dentist to physically place and fit the permanent crown in your mouth. During this step of the process, you will again be administered a local anesthetic to numb the area to avoid extreme pain and discomfort. To place and fit the dental crown, cement will be used to ensure the tooth sets into the correct place. Such crowns are very durable and will typically last anywhere from 10-15 years. Dental crowns should be cared for as if you would any of your other permanent teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Now when you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back shining back at you!
Call us today at 860-385-8232 to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.