Do you have a weak, misshapen, or broken tooth that needs protecting? Do you have a large filling that needs to be shielded? What about a dental implant that needs to be covered? Maybe you need a way to hold a dental bridge in place. Or perhaps you just want to improve your smile. No matter the reason above, a dental crown may be the answer.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap used by dentists to fully cover a tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and overall appearance.
What are the Steps involved in preparing a Crown?
Preparing a tooth for a crown is typically a two-step process, requiring multiple visits to the dentist.
- The Examination (First Visit): During your first visit, your dentist will examine your situation and evaluate your needs, determining if a dental crown is your best option. If your dentist decides a dental crown is the right course of action, he/she will then prepare the tooth.
- Preparation (First Visit): First, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth. He/she will then file the tooth down to make room for the crown. Conversely, if a large portion of the tooth is missing, your dentist may need to use a filling material to reinforce the tooth for the dental crown. Finally, your dentist will make a mold of the tooth and place a temporary crown.
- Placing the Crown (Second Visit): It is time to place the permanent crown! Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic and the new crown will be permanently cemented in place.
Affinity Dental Associates: Improving Smiles in Catonsville, Maryland
From subtle changes to major repairs, the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates can perform a wide variety of procedures to improve your smile, from teeth whitening and bonding to veneers and crowns. These improvements are not always cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.
If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!
Source: Dental Crowns WebMD