Crowns protect a severely damaged tooth, restoring its form and function.
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that is used to repair or replace a damaged or decayed tooth. They are custom-made to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth, from the gum line to the biting surface.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. At Sandy Dental we provide crowns made of porcelain or aesthetic zirconia, both of which are strong at resisting damage and do not stain or shift color.
Crowns are typically used to strengthen and protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay, a large filling, or a root canal treatment. They may also be used to improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth, or to anchor a dental bridge or denture in place.
The process of getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any damaged or decayed tissue and shaping the remaining tooth structure to accommodate the crown. A scan or impression of the tooth will then be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the crown will be fabricated. At Sandy Dental, we use an iTero scanner to take digital impressions of the tooth, which is more comfortable for the patient and which is delivered instantaneously to the laboratory. After the scan, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it until the final crown is ready.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be cemented into place. The dentist will check the fit and color of the crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it feels comfortable and looks natural.
Patients should follow good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to help extend the life of their crown and to prevent decay from recuring.
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