Dental crowns are placed permanently over teeth to support and protect them. The distinction should be made that a crown is not a replacement for a missing tooth. At Dental Arts of Plymouth in Plymouth, NH, we apply crowns to existing teeth that have been damaged.
There are different types and procedures available for dental crowns. This gives us, at Dental Arts of Plymouth, some flexibility to work with. We can adjust what we do based on several factors and what our patients want. We’ll always explain all of your options before we start placing a crown.
Crowns are placed over teeth for protection and strengthening. If a tooth is cracked or damaged, it won’t last long without a hard outer shell to protect it. That’s what a crown does. A tooth with a large cavity that can’t be filled would also benefit from a crown.
Fortunately, crowns can be made of different types of materials. We have porcelain, ceramic, metal, and composite resin crowns. Metal crowns are the most durable, but they stand out in a smile, as one would expect. The type of material we use depends on which tooth is affected, how much of it shows when you smile, the tooth’s function, and the color of the rest of your teeth.
You can have a crown done from start to finish in the same visit or over several visits. Traditionally, crowns are done over several visits because they’re made in a lab. The dentist takes the impression of the tooth that needs a crown and sends it to a lab for manufacturing. You’ll get a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one.
Same-day CEREC crowns are a recent invention where crowns can be made at the dentist’s office. You’ll have to wait 1 to 2 hours while the CEREC crown is made, and then you can have it applied to your teeth. One of our goals is to keep you comfortable and stress-free during the process of getting a crown.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or visit us anytime.