What are Crowns for Teeth?
The passage of time can cause teeth to become weak and more prone to cracks, discoloration and decay. In some cases, filling or bonding are not enough to stop any problems and your Puyallup dentist may suggest fitting a crown as a more robust way to deal with issues such as these. Choosing to have a crown fitted is the smart option to help restore your smile and also to help stop further issues with teeth occurring.
What to Expect with Dental Crowns
Crowns can be constructed from several different materials. Porcelain fused to metal and full gold are all used to make crowns. Of these, the type which looks and feels the most natural is a porcelain finished crown. This type of crown can be matched to the shade of your other teeth which is a clear benefit in terms of matching the shade to your natural teeth.
Two to three visits to your dentist are typically required in order to fit the crown. The first visit focuses on re-shaping the existing tooth to allow the crown to be fitted closely. Although this is a relatively painless procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to minimize any discomfort.
Once the tooth has been filed to shape, a mold is taken of this tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is fitted at this point to protect the prepared tooth. The mold is sent to the dental lab and the new crown constructed to fit your tooth exactly.
The new crown will take two to three weeks to be made up and returned to your SK Family Dental practice. Once it arrives, your dentist will again administer a local anesthetic before starting to fit the new crown..
Dr. Kwon will place the crown on your prepared tooth using adhesive to anchor it firmly in place.
Dental crowns are incredibly durable and are expected to last for between ten to fifteen years. After care consists of treating the crown exactly as you would any of your other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will keep it in tip-top condition and you can continue to enjoy your smile for may trouble and pain free years.
Call SK Family Dental today at (253) 770-0198 let us tell you how we can help restore your smile.