What You Need to Know About Getting a Dental Crown at Our Troy Dental Office
Crowns are a relatively common dental procedure that provides additional strength and protection to a tooth that needs repair greater than a filling. Many dental patients have had fillings and are comfortable with the idea of having a tooth repaired this way. However, the news that a tooth needs a crown often makes a patient nervous and worried about the procedure. In general, crowns are a relatively simple process, and are done for very specific reasons. If we’ve recommended a crown to fix a tooth, here’s what you need to know about the process.
Why a Dental Crown?
This is a really common question from patients, after we’ve suggested a crown for a repair. Crowns are a good way to correct a tooth that is cracked, injured, discolored or chipped. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged, had a large filling that needed replacement, a root canal, or is chipped or badly discolored, a crown is a good solution for you. Crowns are also a good option for a tooth that needs some extra support because of the level of damage. A badly cracked tooth can become weaker and is susceptible to decay if left uncared for. Put a crown on the same tooth and it is protected from decay, and is no longer unstable.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is essentially a cover for your tooth that needs repairs. We make a mold of your existing tooth, and then create a replacement cover for the tooth. Crowns can be silver, gold, but in today’s dentistry, most patients prefer composite or porcelain crowns. Crowns made of porcelain or composite material often have a metal core that provide more support and strength to the tooth and crown. The great thing about a porcelain or composite crown is that they match the color of your existing teeth, so they are good replacement options for front teeth that are seen when you smile.
What is the Process for Placing a Dental Crown?
The first thing we must do to repair a tooth using a crown is to make an impression of your mouth. This impression will help us make your permanent crown so that it fits in your mouth and around the existing tooth. Then, we begin the process of preparing your tooth for the new crown. This means numbing your mouth and reshaping the existing tooth so that it will fit in the crown. We will make another impression after shaping the tooth, so that the new crown will fit what is left of the tooth, just right. Once all of the impressions are made, we then apply a temporary crown. This crown is similar to the one that you will receive at a future appointment, however, it is more generic in shape and color and is intended only to protect the tooth that has now been shaped. Once your new crown has been made, in a future appointment, we remove the temporary crown and place the new crown. The existing tooth may require a bit of additional shaping so that your crown fits snug to the natural tooth and isn’t prone to decay or breakage.
For More Information on our Dental Services in Troy, Michigan
No one wants a crown, but sometimes they are a necessity. If you need a crown or are just looking for a great dentist in Troy, Michigan, Dr. Paul Mansky and his team are here to give you the best possible dental care, whether you need major dental work or just a cleaning. For more information on our dental services or to schedule a dental appointment, call us today at (248) 689-5508.