Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve your tooth’s functionality, despite damage to the tooth. Crowns encase a damaged tooth with a material that is customized specifically to the tooth, molding to it to restore the tooth.
Do I need a dental crown?
Typically, you will need a crown if your tooth has irreparable damage, if you have recently had a root canal, or if you need to restore the function of a decayed tooth.
If tooth decay or damage is so extensive that veneers, direct composite bonding, or other conservative treatments aren't viable treatment options, Dr. Moore will discuss the dental crown process with you. During your consultation with Dr. Moore, you will learn about crowns and whether or not they are the best solution for your smile.
What to Expect from a Dental Crown Procedure
If you need a crown, Dr. Moore will begin the treatment process by taking an impression of the tooth (or teeth) in need of a crown. This mold will create the new shape and size of the crown that will cap your tooth. If your tooth is badly damaged or decayed, you may have a temporary crown placed on the tooth; if this is the case, Dr. Moore will advise you on what to eat and how to clean with the temporary in place.
Once your impression is taken, Dr. Moore will send your impression to the dental laboratory for your crown to be created. You will schedule an appointment to come back to see Dr. Moore once the crown is ready, and the crown will be bonded to your tooth. You can learn more about the bonding process here.
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