Restoring Your Smile with Crowns
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are often recommended as a restorative treatment for significantly damaged teeth or following certain corrective dental treatments, such as root canals. Unlike partial restorations like inlays, onlays, or fillings, crowns completely cover the natural tooth, protecting the vulnerable inner dentin from further damage or infection. By preserving the natural tooth and retaining the original tooth root, patients can maintain the structural integrity of their natural smile.
There are several long-term benefits associated with dental crowns. The durability of porcelain crowns makes them a viable restorative option for all individuals, even those that grind or clench their teeth. Furthermore, crowns are designed to look exactly like your natural tooth and are precisely made to fit your smile perfectly.
Why You Need a Crown
Crowns have been used for decades to enhance the health of dental patients. We place crowns in cases of:
- Advanced tooth decay
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Worn or misshapen teeth
- After root canal therapy
What Does Getting A Crown Involve?
Crowning a tooth usually takes two visits to our office. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth to receive the new crown. This involves reshaping the tooth to give it a uniform shape so that it will fit inside the new covering. The area around the tooth is numbed beforehand to prevent any discomfort.
After preparing your tooth, we will then take an impression and send it to the lab where it will be used to make a model of your teeth. The model works as a guide to ensure the new crown fits perfectly and enhances your smile.
A temporary crown is attached to your prepared tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At your next visit, we will attach the permanent crown to your prepared tooth with either a resin or permanent cement.
Beautiful Cosmetic Restorations
St. Louis Urgent Dental Group provides natural-looking dental crowns quickly to help you achieve a smile that is healthy and looks beautiful. If you have a decayed tooth and need treatment, contact our dental office to learn more about our dental crowns.