Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If Dr. Eggert notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be enough to keep the tooth strong enough for chewing.
The process of installing a crown takes 1-2 visits to Eggert Family Dentistry. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given local anesthetic so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, we can often take a CEREC scan of your tooth and make your crown right in our office that same day! Occasionally, we will have your crown made by a dental lab. If this is the case for you, a mold will be taken of your tooth and the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we would fit you with a temporary crown until your new crown is ready.
If your crown is being made at the dental lab, it takes about 2 weeks to be returned. You will have another appointment to place and fit the new crown. The crown will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth seats in place. When you look in the mirror, you will have your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years with proper hygiene.
Crowns these days are typically made from the strongest all-porcelain materials. Historically, crowns have also been made from porcelain fused to metal, or even full gold. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.