Besides improving the appearance of a tooth, crowns provide an added layer of protection, preventing further damage. They can restore the functionality of a tooth that has undergone extensive decay, fracture, or undergone root canal treatment. Dental crowns provide structural support, enabling you to enjoy normal biting and chewing activities.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorative dental fittings that we place over your damaged teeth to restore their shape, strength, and structure. At Revive Dental our Edmond dentist creates crowns to custom fit your damaged tooth, sitting on top of it and creating a strong, and tight barrier against bacterial infection and further damage.
What Dental Issues Can Crowns Resolve?
Crowns are the go-to solution for solving tooth decay too advanced for dental fillings. The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, leaving behind a fraction of it. Dental crowns restore the defaced tooth, giving it structure and restoring its chewing ability. It also prevents the cavity-causing bacteria (if any) from escaping and spreading to the neighboring teeth.
A better bite
Patients with chronic bruxism can wear down their teeth, compromising their effectiveness in chewing and biting. Dental crowns can restore the worn portion of the teeth, allowing you to chew and bite properly.
You can also get dental crowns to give shape to your misshapen tooth. The dentist will create a custom crown that restores the shape of your tooth/teeth for a flawless smile. The crown is made to match your tooth's color, so you don’t have to worry about the bonded tooth standing out from the rest.
The Dental Crown Treatment Process
Examination and Preparation
Dr. Durham will first examine your teeth and oral health to determine your candidacy for dental crowns. He’ll examine the affected teeth and determine whether crowns are the best restorative solution. If so, he’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area, then remove the decayed portions of the teeth with a laser or drill, before moving to the next step.
Taking Impressions and Fitting the Temporary Crown
After preparing your teeth, Dr. Durham will use dental putty or a 3D digital scanner to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then sent to a lab to manufacture your custom crowns. Meanwhile, he’ll create and fit a temporary crown on your teeth to wear while you wait for the real ones.
Crown Placement and Post-Treatment Care
Your dental crowns should be ready and we’ll call you in to place them on the affected teeth. Crown placement involves removing the temporary crown and cleaning the tooth before checking the crown’s fit and cementing it in place with dental adhesive. You’ll then receive instructions for taking care of your dental crowns before the dentist releases you.
Before & Afters
A smile is worth 1,000 words.
Did you know?
Dental crowns can serve as a canvas for artistic expression? Skilled dental technicians can create intricate designs and patterns on the surface of a dental crown, using a technique called dental crown painting.