A damaged tooth can hurt the rest of your smile both aesthetically and functionally. However giving your damaged tooth a second chance is as easy as asking your dentist about dental crowns. These porcelain dental restorations are important in several situations. Find out more about dental crowns and how they can give your compromised tooth a second chance with Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors in Wake Forest, NC.
How can dental crowns help me?
A dental crown can help whether your tooth is damaged, injured, or decayed. In cases of decay, your dentist will remove the infected portions of the tooth, often during a procedure called a root canal. After removal, your dentist will fill the tooth. A dental crown on top of the filling helps stabilize and protect it from future damage. Additionally, crowns can cover a damaged, cracked, or chipped tooth to improve its appearance and ensure that it does not become more damaged in the future. Dental crowns hold bridgework in place and cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth. Crowns can also change the appearance of an unsightly tooth.
What can I expect from the dental crowns procedure?
Your dentist will need to prepare your tooth prior to placing a dental crown. This process removes enamel from the outer surfaces and top of the tooth and shapes it into the same form as the inside of the crown. This will help the bonding process and make sure the crown fits properly over the tooth. After the preparation, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to send to a dental laboratory which will create your crown. The lab uses the impression to design and custom-make your crown. Since the process takes about two weeks, you will wear a temporary crown in the meantime. At your next appointment, your dentist will fit and permanently place the crown onto your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Wake Forest, NC
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors in Wake Forest, NC. Call (919) 825-1795 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Anderson today!