A dental crown, which is also called a dental cap, is one of the many types of restorative dental services we offer at our Pearland dentist office. Made in a dental lab, a crown is fully customized to the tooth it will restore in order to save it and protect it.
Why Do People Get Dental Crowns?
People get crowns for many reasons, both restorative and cosmetic. A crown may be needed in order to hold a cracked tooth together so that it doesn't crack even more. It can also be used to protect a tooth that has been weakened and damaged by excessive tooth decay, and to offer support and protection for an already broken tooth. For a more cosmetic procedure, crowns can be used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
Children Can Also Get Crowns
Children may get crowns fitted over their baby teeth for a number of reasons. A major reason that pediatric dentists recommend crowns to children is so that they can protect their teeth if they happen to be at risk of decay. This is usually attributed to children who may struggle with keeping up with their daily oral hygiene routine. It is also not rare for children who have a hard time with daily dental care to experience tooth decay that causes their now-damaged tooth to no longer support a filling.
The Steps for Getting a Dental Crown
Getting a crown will typically require two visits to our Pearland dentist office. First off, the tooth that needs a crown will be numbed. Depending on the type of crown, the dentist may need to find the exact shade of the tooth that requires restorative dentistry. Next, because the crown has to be the most perfect fit to fully encapsulate the tooth, the dentist will need to shave down precise bits of it in order to allow for the hollow dental cap to fit snugly.
After the tooth is shaped, we take an impression and send it to the dental lab. This helps ensure a proper fit. Later on, a temporary crown will be custom fitted over the re-shaped tooth in order to protect it and keep the patient comfortable while the new, permanent crown is being prepared. 2-3 weeks later it will be permanently fused to the tooth with a dental cement.
If you are in need of a safe and comfortable dental restoration, please schedule an appoint with our dentists. We will ensure you are properly fitted for a crown so that you can have a healthier and more confident smile.