You can benefit from dental crowns if you have discolored or worn teeth. Also known as dental caps, dental crowns cover teeth and dental restorations. Dr. Dhara Patel will prepare the tooth receiving the crown by removing a bit of the tooth structure. This preparation ensures that the dental crown will fit securely onto the tooth.
We then take digital impressions of the tooth or teeth receiving the crown using CEREC. Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or CEramic REConstruction uses computer technology to take impressions and generate a precise fitting quickly.
After several weeks, we insert the permanent crowns. We may color-match them to teeth, depending on whether you chose a restoration with metal, porcelain, ceramic, or another type of material. Dr. Patel offers same-day dental crowns to patients that are good candidates.
Getting a Dental Crown at The Dentist
If you worry about the dental crown procedure, you’re not alone! It’s a common dental procedure, but it’s also one that can cause anxiety in many patients. Fortunately, understanding the process can help ease any tension and put your mind at ease.
A dental crown is an artificial cap that fits over an existing tooth. It will help improve the overall appearance of the tooth while also providing protection from further damage or decay. In most cases, we recommend a crown when a tooth is too weak for a filling, has severe damage from decay, or if the patient has just undergone a root canal.
The process of getting a traditional dental crown will usually involve two trips to the dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown by cleaning and reshaping the surface. Then, they will take an impression of your tooth and use it to make a custom mold. The dentist will send the mold to a lab where they will create your new crown out of porcelain or metal.
During your second visit, your dentist will fit the new crown over your existing tooth and bond it in place with special dental cement. They will also give you care instructions and time to ask any questions you may have.
It’s normal to feel anxious about getting a dental crown, but you don’t have to worry. With the right preparation, you can trust that our dentist will ensure your crown fits well and looks natural. At the end of the process, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits that come with having a tooth that is healthy, strong, and attractive.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns below.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last patients for up to 30 years with proper dental care. The permanence of your dental crown will depend on a variety of factors:
- Personal oral health: Those with misaligned teeth or bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) need corresponding treatment before receiving dental crowns.
- Professional dental care: Highly qualified dentists ensure that dental crowns fit patients properly and feel comfortable.
- Dental crown material: Porcelain crowns last from five to fifteen years. Metal crowns may last longer but do not offer a natural looking restoration.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Broken teeth that still have the tooth root intact can receive dental crowns. Patients with missing teeth may also receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges that can include dental crowns. Our patients with tooth decay may need treatment with crowns after re remove the infection with a root canal procedure.
Is it painful to receive dental crowns?
The process of getting a dental crown usually involves some degree of discomfort as the dentist must remove some of the natural tooth enamel to make room for the crown. However, your dentist should provide local anesthesia to reduce any pain or discomfort.
A local anesthetic numbs the tooth nerves and mouth receiving the dental crown, so the procedure shouldn’t be painful. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but this should pass in a few hours.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can come loose as a result of tooth damage or decay. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, or if the crown falls out, contact our office immediately. We will advise you on how to address the problem, and our staff can also help you schedule an appointment.
Schedule a dental appointment today! Call Best Dental Spa for comprehensive care today at 847.660.6603. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Patel online today.