A dental crown is often referred to as a cap that fits over the surface of a natural tooth. Crowns are a versatile restoration option that can serve many different purposes.
Some of the uses for dental crowns include:
Crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge into place.
If your dental crown will be visible when you speak or smile, you may want to complete professional teeth whitening prior to getting your crown so Dr. Khanian can match the shade. If you need treatment for decay or gum disease in the area, that work may also need to be done prior to getting your new crown.
The first step is getting an impression of your teeth so that the dental lab that makes the crown can craft it to fit your mouth. Dr. Khanian then removes a small portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the crown.
Next, a temporary crown is secured in place to protect the tooth and preserve your smile while the dental lab fabricates your custom crown. Once it’s ready, you return to have the crown checked for fit and cemented into place.
A dental bridge is a treatment option that replaces one or more missing teeth. False teeth called pontics are attached to a framework that spans, or bridges, the gap in your smile.
That framework is secured into place using dental crowns on each side. There are also bridge options that are secured using only one crown.
Once in place, crowns and bridgework look and function much like your natural teeth. You simply continue your dental hygiene routine at home, and the All Smiles Family Dentistry team checks your crowns and bridges during your routine dental exams and cleanings.
If you have additional questions about crowns and bridges, call the office to schedule a visit or request one online today.