If you have ever had a root canal, you are probably familiar with a dental crown. Necessary for various reasons, crowns restore a damaged tooth’s functionality. But, how do you know if you need a dental crown? With help from your Layton, UT dentist at 4 Dental Health, you can determine if a crown is right for you.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are a porcelain cap placed over a damaged or compromised tooth. A dental laboratory custom-makes the crown for you and delivers it to your dentist. To ensure a natural appearance, the tooth-shaped crown is color-matched to your surrounding teeth. Your dentist prepares the natural tooth which the crown sits over by shaping it, creating the perfect fit. The crown bonds to the tooth using dental cement.
When are crowns needed?
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth. Dentists utilize crowns for many situations, including:
- to strengthen a weakened tooth, usually weakened by decay
- to cover and strengthen a large filling, such as one left behind by root canal therapy
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to cover abnormal teeth that are misaligned or discolored
- to strengthen a broken or worn down tooth
- to replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
Dental crowns usually take place in a two-phase process. The first appointment involves an examination of your tooth. If your dentist decides a crown is necessary, they prepare the tooth by filing it down to make room for the crown. After taking a mold of the tooth to send to the dental lab, your dentist places a temporary crown to serve until your permanent crown is ready. After several weeks, your completed permanent dental crown is sent to your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist makes any last minute adjustments and your crown is permanently attached to your tooth.
Your dentist is your best resource for determining which dental procedures you need. For more information on dental crowns in the Layton, UT area, please contact Dr. Steven Christensen at 4 Dental Health. Call 801-889-1044 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!