Dental crowns can be either a cosmetic benefit or a medical necessity, depending on your individual case. Porcelain crown restorations completely cover, or cap, the tooth, which can protect it from ongoing damage while also improving the appearance of the tooth.
Many patients choose cosmetic crowns to restore a tooth’s normal shape and size, while improving its appearance. They are also helpful in covering teeth that are severely discolored. If you think your mouth might need a little more work, check out some of our other cosmetic options!
How Dental Crowns Work
Dental crowns are cemented in place and fully surround the visible part of your tooth. They come in a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel. For cosmetic crowns, the dentist will typically use porcelain or ceramic.
Crowns work by filling gaps that result from having missing or damaged teeth. In addition to having cosmetic benefits, crowns also help dental patients bite and chew better, which also has overall health benefits, including better digestion. They’re also crucial in stopping further decay in teeth that are severely damaged.
Dr. Drew creates crowns that look natural, feel comfortable and are designed with the patient’s needs in mind.
When are Crowns Necessary?
Crowns can be necessary for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, patients require crowns to protect a tooth that is suffering from extensive decay as well as hold a tooth together that is broken or cracked.
Dental crowns are also helpful for teeth that are worn down or have large cavities and need extra support. Another medical reason for a crown is to hold a dental bridge in place.
Cosmetic crowns are used to cover teeth that are discolored, misshapen or need some type of other cosmetic modification. They’re also used to cover dental implants that might be unsightly or unnatural-looking.
How a Crown Procedure Works
Getting a crown typically takes two appointments with your dentist. The first visit involves Dr. Drew examining your tooth to make sure it’s strong enough to support a crown. Then, he’ll file it down in preparation for the procedure. You may receive a temporary crown to wear between appointments.
Dr. Drew will also take an impression of the tooth to be sent off to a lab, which will fabricate the permanent crown. Once the crown is ready, you’ll go in for your second visit. If you have a temporary crown, Dr. Drew will remove it and fasten your permanent crown with a special adhesive to keep it in place.
It may take some time to get used to having something new in your mouth, but after a short time, you’ll find that the dental crown looks, feels and functions just like a normal tooth.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether you are thinking about a crown for cosmetic reasons or a medical necessity, Oxford Dental Care in Idaho Falls can help you make the best decision for your situation. At this visit, Dr. Drew will evaluate your case and recommend a course of treatment. Call us today at (208)529-0420, or click the button below to request an appointment!