Dental crowns are restorations that are placed over a tooth, and may be indicated when traditional fillings and other more conservative treatment options are insufficient to restore strength and functionality.
Dental crowns not only help to strengthen a tooth, but can also serve to improve its appearance. Whether you have a damaged tooth, or are unhappy with the appearance of a tooth, Dr. Schultz and her team will talk with you to determine your individual treatment needs, and will work with you to restore your beautiful smile!
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A crown can help to restore a tooth to its normal size, shape, and function.
Patients may need a crown if they:
- Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- Have a missing tooth and require a bridge
- Have a cracked or weakened tooth
- Have had a root canal
- Wish to cover a discolored tooth
- Need to cover a dental implant
For children, crowns can be used on baby teeth to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay, or to protect teeth that are at high risk for decay.
Crowns can be made up of a variety of materials—including ceramics, metal alloys, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination—depending on your individual needs. Today, crowns can be created to match the color of your natural tooth.
At Schultz Family Dental, we aim to create a crown that looks natural and feels comfortable. To decide on the material that is right for your crown, we will consider the location of the tooth, the gum tissue position, the color of the tooth, and if the tooth shows when you smile.
What to Expect During Treatment
Placing a crown usually requires multiple visits. At your first visit, x-rays will be taken to check the root(s) of the tooth and surrounding bone to be sure the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. We will then give you medication around the tooth to ensure that your appointment is pleasant and pain-free! Any decay or compromised tooth structure will then be removed and replaced with a material that will be used to support your new crown. From there, your tooth will then be filed down to make room for the crown and an impression of the tooth will be made. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab where your custom crown will be created. During this time, a temporary crown will be placed.
At your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be permanently placed. You will then be able to enjoy your new smile with confidence!