A dental crown is a synthetic cap that goes on top of a tooth. In cases where tooth decay is extensive or there is large damage to a single tooth, a simple dental filling may not be the best choice. However, it may also not be necessary to remove the entire tooth and replace it with a dental implant. In between removal and implants, and simple fillings is the option to add a dental crown.
A dental crown can be made of many different materials, just like cavity fillings or dental implants can. This includes resin, ceramic, porcelain, or metal. Dental crowns are designed to mimic the look of your original tooth and not be seen by the naked eye. The materials are also designed to not need special care or maintenance over time, so that you do not need to worry.
It is a common misconception that dental crowns are only used in cases of dental decay. In fact crowns can serve many different purposes. Dental crowns can protect weakened teeth including teeth that were cracked due to an injury. Dental crowns can restore a worn down tooth that has degraded over time. Dental crowns can cover implants or hold a dental bridge in place. And they can also cover a tooth treated with a root canal.
There are different types of crown procedures. The standard procedure requires two visits. Your dentist will examine and prepare the tooth that will receive the crown. They will take x-rays and digital images of the tooth in order to create the crown. They will also take an impression of the tooth. You will then receive a temporary crown over your tooth while the lab uses the images, impression, and x-ray to create your permanent crown. Once the crown comes in, you can schedule a second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be added. However, some dentists actually have the equipment to perform the entire crown process in a single visit. Same-day crown service involves having pictures taken and then waiting a few hours for the crown to be made at the dental office using digital images and 3D printing technology. This will take multiple hours, but it requires less waiting than a traditional dental crown appointment.
All Pro Dental provides a variety of dental services to our clients throughout the Greater Boston area. This includes cavity fillings, root canals, emergency dental work, and of course applying dental crowns. If you need a crown, please schedule an appointment with our dentist.