If your tooth has been weakened or damaged, give it the royal treatment with a dental crown. These protective caps are long-lasting and can even be attached to implants. The experienced team of professionals at Loveland Dental Group provides custom-made crowns to restore the size, shape, shade, and function of teeth. With locations in High Point, Cornelius, Concord, Winston-Salem and Mooresville, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina, getting fitted for a crown is convenient and hassle-free. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
What is a dental crown?
If tooth decay, cracked fillings, root canals, clenching or grinding teeth have caused extensive damage to the underlying structure of one of your teeth, a dental filling may not be enough to reverse the negative effects. The only way to completely restore the cosmetic appearance and function of this tooth is often full coverage with a dental crown.
A dental crown is a protective cap that gets placed on a tooth or implant to provide you with a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Crowns can also be used to support ends of a dental bridge, cover dental implants, or to prevent a cracked tooth from further breakdown.
What are dental crowns made of?
Crowns can be made of either porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. The team will discuss the merits and price points of each option before helping you come to a decision that’s most appropriate for your specific case.
All dental crowns are made extremely sturdy, durable, and can be made to be tooth-colored so that they don’t detract from your smile. In fact, they’ll enhance your appearance.
How does the procedure for a dental crown work?
While most dental offices ship digital scans or impressions out to outside dental labs to make your crown, the practice completes the entire process in-house. The team uses CEREC® technology that uses digital scans of your affected tooth and produces your crown right before your eyes.
That means that in some cases, a dental crown procedure can take a single visit. Once your crown is ready, your dentist uses a special dental adhesive to bond it to the affected tooth. It’s a very simple procedure that generally doesn’t even involve anesthesia.
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, dental crowns can last you anywhere from 5-15 years. However, the better you care for your crown, the longer it lasts. The most important thing to remember when caring for your crown is to treat it like you would a natural tooth. Brush and floss twice a day and maintain your regular visits for cleanings and checkups.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns, call Loveland Dental Group or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.