After examining your teeth, Dr. Therese may make the recommendation that you invest a custom crown for one or more of your teeth.
Crowns, also known as “caps,” are created in a high-tech laboratory staffed by technicians who work closely with Dr. Therese to protect your teeth and increase their longevity.
Why Might I Need a Crown?
After years of working hard to chew your food, your teeth may begin showing signs of breaking down. They may have crack lines spreading through them, or they may actually have a piece break off altogether. This is often observed in teeth that have had large silver (amalgam) fillings for many years but may also be seen in individuals who heavily grind or clench their teeth.
Dr. Therese will also recommend a crown in most cases after you have had root canal therapy on a tooth. This is because your tooth becomes fragile after the root canal and is prone to breakage.
Crowns are also indicated in some instances in which front teeth have many large fillings that are breaking down. Similar to veneers, crowns can be used to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Benefits of Crowns
When a crown is recommended for you, it is often done so as a preventative measure – to prevent a tooth from breaking.
Modern technology allows Dr. Therese to create a custom-shaped crown that protects your tooth but is also conservative in design to maintain healthy tooth structure. She will evaluate your tooth and decide with you whether a full coverage, partial coverage, or “onlay” style crown is in your benefit.
Because Dr. Therese cares very much about providing high-quality work, she ensures that the crowns she delivers to you fit your teeth precisely. Provided that you maintain your crown with excellent oral hygiene and regularly scheduled dental checkups, your crown should last you for many years.
In most situations, Dr. Therese uses entirely tooth-colored materials to construct her crowns. These materials are very durable and can be created in many shades so they blend in well with your smile. This eliminates the “black line” that is often seen at the gum line, which corresponds to older crown materials and their underlying metal layer.
When restoring a front tooth with a crown, Dr. Therese will use the most life-like materials to ensure that your crown is virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth and often asks a specialized lab technician to join us at our office to make sure the coloring is absolutely perfect.
In most cases, your crown can be completed in as little as two visits to Pleasant Valley Dentistry.
At your first visit, your tooth will be anesthetized to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure. Your tooth will then be conservatively shaped to allow enough space for the crown material while also saving as much tooth structure as possible. Finally, we will send you home with a well-fitting temporary crown.
At your second visit, we will check the fit, feel, and color of the new crown with x-rays and a visual exam. If both you and Dr. Therese are pleased, the crown will be permanently cemented in place.
Call to Learn More
Do you have a broken or painful tooth? Have you recently had a root canal procedure? A dental crown might be the right solution for you.
Call our Sutton dental office to schedule a visit with Dr. Therese.