Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth to restore their shape and size. Cemented into place, they fully cover the visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
The crown is made from porcelain or similar material. It is cemented into place with a dental cement. Sometimes, for cosmetic reasons, crowns are not cemented but rather fixed with retainers. These are also known as dental bridges.
Dental crowns may be needed in the following situations: When you have an exposed tooth due to decay or other damage, a dental crown can protect and strengthen it. A crown can hold together parts of your teeth that are chipped or cracked.
It can also cover and reinforce a damaged tooth with a large filling. And if you want to fill a gap from one missing tooth, you might need a crown for support — especially if your teeth are unevenly shaped.
Generally, crowns are a great solution whenever teeth are damaged to the point where they may become unsightly. They are very natural looking and provide a beautiful, long-lasting treatment.
Preparing for a dental crown usually involves two visits to Kingman Family Dentistry. Dr. Lindsay first evaluates the tooth in person to determine whether it is healthy enough to withstand the process of being prepared for a crown. We then will take take x-rays and other necessary measurements for the procedure, then get to work.
During your first visit the tooth (or teeth) will be prepped and then impressions will be taken. We will provide a temporary crown that will allow you to go about your daily life until the dental lab is able to send back your permanent crown. We will then call you back in and then during the second visit we will place your permanent crown, giving you a wonderful restoration that will last for years to come.
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