A dental crown, also known as a “cap,” is a prosthesis that is shaped like a tooth and bonded to your existing tooth. If your tooth is in need of restorative work, a crown could be the solution you need. Dental crowns are often used when a filling will not effectively restore the tooth.
Benefits of Crowns.
Crowns can offer a number of benefits that can improve both your health and the aesthetics of your smile. Here at River Dental, we prefer porcelain crowns when we need to protect and restore your tooth.
Porcelain crowns can offer:
A Natural Look | Crowns are shaped to look like your natural teeth, and the color can be matched to the rest of your teeth.
Stain Resistance | Porcelain is resistant to staining to keep your smile looking great.
Long-Lasting Protection | Crowns that are well-maintained can last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
Comfort | Crowns sit on top of the tooth, not on the jaw itself, and are unlikely to irritate the gums.
Confidence and Self-Esteem | A crown can help restore your confidence and self-esteem. It can be hard to smile when your teeth don’t look their best. Once a crown is in place, you can feel more confident when you smile, which can boost your self-esteem.
These benefits can boost both your appearance and general well-being, so we are excited to offer them as a restorative procedure here at River Dental.
How Are Crowns Placed?
The crown process involves two visits with a number of steps.
- Examination. When you come in, we’ll examine your teeth and make sure you’re a candidate for a crown restoration. X-rays may be taken.
- Preparation. The tooth is shaped in preparation for the crown.
- Design. An impression is made once the tooth has been shaped. The crown will be customized to fit your unique tooth.
- Temporary Crown. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready to be placed.
- Holding Pattern. The impression is sent to a laboratory, and the crown is created. This can take about two weeks.
- Double Check. Once the crown comes to our office, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is placed. We will also check it for fit and color.
- Bonding. If the crown is approved, it’s time to bond the crown to the tooth.
In two visits, your smile can be fully restored!
Make an Appointment!
A crown is a great way to restore your smile. At River Dental, we aim to give you the best smile possible. Don’t wait. Call and make an appointment today!