A dental crown is a covering or a cap that is used as a restorative solution to improve the appearance and preserve the functionality of a damaged tooth or teeth. The main purpose of a dental crown is to encase the needy tooth with a cap that serves by way of restoring the tooth to its original shape and size. However, dental crowns are also used to repair a fractured or cracked tooth, to replace existing damaged or worn crowns, and to restore functionality to a tooth that is suffering from significant decay. The crown itself is highly effective at strengthening and protecting the tooth structure, which ultimately gives the
Reasons for Dental Crowns
There are many reasons why Dr. Woodyard might recommend a dental crown for you. Some of these reasons might include:
Fractured or broken teeth
To cover root canal
The purpose that the dental crown is intended to serve, or rather issues that it is resolving, might determine the type of dental crown needed. There are three main types of dental crowns used: all porcelain, porcelain-fused to metal and gold – each with their own unique benefits, each useful in certain situations. Dr. Woodyard will determine the best solution and type of dental crown for your particular case, based on the strength requirements as dictated by the location of the tooth in the mouth, restorative space available, aesthetic demands and material durability.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Dr. Woodyard will take a mold so that a temporary crown can be made in-office, for you to wear over the next couple of weeks until the permanent crown fabrication is complete.
Smile makeover with new crowns
Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area so that Dr. Woodyard may prepare the tooth for bonding. This includes removing areas of decay and reshaping the surface of the tooth to make room for the crown. Temporary cement will be used to place the temporary crown and your bite will be checked to ensure proper functionality of the temporary crown.
At the second appointment, Dr. Woodyard will remove the temporary crown and clean the surface with a special solution that makes for optimal bonding of the permanent crown. Your bite will again be checked to ensure ideal functionality before the custom crown is bonded in place by a permanent adhesive.
Dr. Woodyard will provide you with care instructions on how to extend the life of your new dental crown. As always, you can expect that he will urge you to practice the proper oral hygiene and preventative care treatments in an effort to extend the life of your newly restored smile. With the proper care, your new dental crown should serve you well for many years to come.