A dental crown fits over the top of your tooth and acts as a restoration for fractured or badly decayed teeth. Dr. Kuipers may also place a crown after completing a root canal, to attach a dental bridge, or cover a dental implant. Whenever possible, he will place a crown first before considering more invasive procedures such as tooth extraction. Dental crowns are one of the most common forms of restorative treatment. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately 15 million Americans have at least one.
The Advantages of Porcelain Dental Crowns
Dr. Kuipers places your dental crown on the portion of your tooth known as the crown. This is what you can see above the gum line. The crown becomes your tooth’s new chewing and outer surface. We can prepare crowns using several different types of materials, including porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal.
Porcelain by itself makes an excellent option because of its white color that we can match to the shade of your teeth. That means you can smile without anyone noticing your new dental crown. It’s also an extremely durable material that can last up to 10 years before you need to replace it. However, we recommend that you avoid chewing on hard foods using the treated tooth for at least a couple of weeks.
The Steps Involved in Getting a Dental Crown
Dr. Kuipers uses a dental drill to remove some of the top portion of the tooth so the crown will fit properly. This is the longest portion of the appointment. He also takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to our laboratory to make your new customized crown. You will receive a temporary crown before leaving our office. We will contact you in approximately two weeks when the new crown is available.
The second appointment is much shorter than the first. Dr. Kuipers just needs to remove your temporary crown and place the permanent one. You receive mild anesthesia at each session to ensure that you remain comfortable. For the final step, Dr. Kuipers uses a dental adhesive to keep the crown in place. Before doing so, he checks both the crown and your tooth to see if either require adjustments.
Putting off treatment for cracked or decayed teeth will only make things worse. If you’re experiencing any type of tooth pain, please contact our office for a prompt oral evaluation.