Why would you need a crown?
When you have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, it requires treatment right away before an infection develops in the tooth’s pulp, or further damage is caused. At Fulks Family Dental, you can call our office for an emergency appointment for damaged teeth that require a procedure right away. Our dentist can examine your teeth and collect medical images to diagnose and treat your affected teeth. We may recommend a dental crown to protect your tooth from further damage. Crowns are also used after a root canal is performed to cover the treated tooth. Dental crowns are customized to fit perfectly inside your mouth and the restoration will also match the color of your other teeth, so your crown is unnoticeable.
What is the process for getting a crown?
After our dentist collects a mold and images of your mouth, the information is sent to the dental laboratory where our technicians make a unique dental crown just for you. While this custom crown is being created, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to cover your tooth before the permanent one is placed.
When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist prepares your damaged tooth for the application of the restoration. Severely cracked teeth require extensive preparation with removal of the damaged dental enamel and cleaning to eliminate bacteria or other debris. Our dentists will verify that the roots, pulp and nerves of the tooth are healthy before an application of a dental crown. If the interior area of the tooth is infected, then a root canal is necessary to remove the nerves, pulp and root. You will receive anesthesia to eliminate discomfort, and after these portions of the tooth are removed, our dentist fills the outer portion of the tooth with a durable resin. When this resin is dry, the dental crown is placed over the tooth.
How do you care for a dental crown?
It is important for dental crowns to look and feel natural inside your mouth, so that they are undetectable. We may recommend whitening your other teeth before creating your crown to match them, as we want the crown to perfectly match whatever color your other teeth are. This is a personal preference, however.
A dental crown covers your diseased or damaged tooth, but you must still perform daily oral hygiene by brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing your teeth to remove additional food particles and prevent plaque build up. This increases the likelihood you will avoid infection and your teeth will remain healthy! If you have any questions about dental crowns, or would like to make an appointment with us to learn more, please give us a call today!