Over time, our teeth can incur damage because of an injury, tooth decay, or daily wear and tear. Because of that, your dentist might suggest that you consider having dental crowns placed over any affected teeth. Mai Dentistry offers restorative dental surgery to residents in and around the St. Petersburg area. It’s important to us that patients understand their options for dental care to give them the best quality of life.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth cap made from a material like porcelain. It’s durable enough to withstand everyday tooth functions. In addition, crowns offer protection and structural support to compromised teeth. A common use for dental crowns is to keep a natural tooth from breaking or keep cracked teeth from falling apart. Other uses for dental crowns include:
- Protecting teeth with large fillings
- Covering misshapen or discolored teeth
- Keeping dental bridges in place
- Covering a dental implant
- Cosmetic treatments
Why Should I Get a Dental Crowns?
You may want to consider getting a dental crown if you’re having trouble with functions like chewing. Crowns also offer benefits to individuals dealing with bite alignment issues. They also put in place for protection after a root canal. In addition, crowns are non-intrusive enough to make them an excellent option for people needing cosmetic or restorative treatment.
How Does Getting a Crown Work?
Getting a crown typically involves several steps. First, you set up an appointment with Mai Dentistry to get a complete dental evaluation. Our dentist goes over your oral health history and develops a treatment plan for your issues during that visit. If a root canal is needed, it will be recommended at that time. The dentist will also provide you with information on various materials to construct your crown.
Once you decide to get a crown, the dentist starts preparing your natural tooth. Before the procedure, the dentist administers a local anesthetic to alleviate discomfort. Next, the dentist modifies your tooth to ensure a proper dental crown fit.
From there, the dentist creates impressions to provide to the dental technician at Mai Dentistry’s off-site laboratory. You receive a temporary crown to wear until the lab fabricates your crown. Once it’s done, Mai Dentistry schedules you for a second visit. During that time, the dentist cements your permanent crown into place.