When a tooth becomes severely decayed, stained, chipped or cracked, you may be advised by one of our dentists to have a crown placed. Crowns can be both beneficial for a smile’s aesthetics, and for the health’s of a patient’s mouth.
Robert J. Malone DDS offers crowns to those looking to reinforce old teeth with a stronger, brighter and healthier cap, that can help restore your smile, and give you the confidence you need.
Why Should I Get a Crown?
Crowns can benefit a patient for cosmetic reasons. Over time, our teeth can become stained, fractured, chipped and worn. Particularly if you have a tooth in the front of the mouth, that has been well-worn through age, you may want to consider placing a crown to reenergize its appearance.
Decayed teeth can be detrimental to the dental hygiene of a patient’s oral cavity. Gum disease can spread, and if a tooth has become compromised, it is best to remove it to prevent it from damaging the mouth.
Replacing a decayed or fractured tooth can help give strength to a dental arch. It will take pressure off of other teeth and relieve any pain the affected tooth may have been causing.
Teeth protruding at awkward angles are liable to chips and cracks and can be uncomfortable in the mouth. If there are only a few teeth out of place, you may consider having crowns fitted, rather than the extensive procedure of braces, as it will be quicker and less of a burden on the aesthetics of your smile.
Crowns are available in a range of different materials. Porcelain in particular can be matched to the color of your teeth and gives off a gleam that is identical to the one teeth give off. This makes porcelain crowns one of the most indistinguishable restorative procedures on offer.
What happens During a Crown Placement?
If the affected tooth is subject to gum disease, we will first remove the decayed parts of the tooth. Then, we will file down the tooth to a small nub, which acts as the core support to the crown. We will thoroughly clean the area, to ensure no bacteria is left. Next, we will then take measurements, which be sent to a dental lab. These measurements will be used to create a custom-fit crown via CAD/CAM technology.
While waiting for the crown to be made, we will fit a temporary one, which acts as a placeholder. The crown should take 2-3 weeks and is quickly applied in a follow-up appointment. The first appointment should take 60 minutes, while the second will take 30 minutes. These times can differ depending on the difficulty of the procedure.
Robert J. Malone DDS can fit you with a crown, which gives a range of benefits to your smile, from cosmetic appearance to maintaining oral hygiene. Crown placement is a routine procedure, and patients should not be afraid to ask us about the possibility of placing one.
Unsure on whether you want a crown fitted? Call us on (760) 546-5557 and we can help advise you on the best options for your mouth.