Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” are used to cover teeth and restore them to their natural size, shape, color, and strength. Crowns preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. When a dental crown is used to protect a damaged tooth, the tooth can remain functional, even if the crown has to be replaced.
by Dr. Jacob Whitney
The Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used to provide strength for damaged teeth. They also protect a tooth against future damage. Dental crowns can be used for both cosmetic and restorative procedures. Some of the more common uses of dental crowns include:
- Repairing heavily decayed teeth
- Protecting eroded teeth
- Restoring cracked teeth
- Building up small or unattractive teeth
- Protecting teeth after root canal therapy
- Improving occlusion
- Any application where a tooth cannot support porcelain veneers
Dental crowns, especially full porcelain crowns, restore damaged and discolored teeth to match your natural smile. All ceramic-crowns allow Dr. Whitney to find the right shade of porcelain to match your natural tooth color. Porcelain dental crowns are also extremely durable and long-lasting. These benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.
How Dental Crowns are Made
The process of making a dental crown starts with Dr. Whitney taking an impression of your prepared tooth. The impression will be used as a basis for your crown restoration. From there we will design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments.
After the impression, a fitted temporary crown is created to temporarily protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made. Once the final restoration is completed, you will return to our office for one final visit to have your permanent dental crown applied. Once your crown is placed, you care for it as you would your natural teeth.
Dental crowns can be very long-lasting. The primary danger is that decay will get under the edge of the crown. Daily brushing and flossing will protect the base of your dental crown from further damage.
To schedule your dental crown appointment, or to learn more about our practice here at Sand Springs Family Dentistry, contact our Dentist and the team at (918) 245-5979.