Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to issues such as decay, cracks and discoloration to name a few. If your smile has changed crowns can help you recover you’re the look you desire. If Dr. Krueger notices that a tooth that has excessive decay or seems weakened or cracked, a filling or bonding may not be sufficient and he may suggest a crown to help keep the tooth structurally sound and make sure that there are no additional problems.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that a crown can be made to fit the spot created for it and it will blend in to the surrounding teeth. Dr. Krueger will make a temporary crown that will preserve the prepped tooth until the permanent crown is completed by the lab.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned from the lab. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are very durable and will last at least 10-15 years. Regular brushing and flossing is necessary to preserve your crown. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Crowns are made using porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or full gold. For a more natural look and feel; a porcelain finished crown is best and can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.