Dental crowns can be used to repair teeth that might otherwise be beyond repair, and in doing so, they solve pain problems and protect your smile. If you have one or more teeth that are badly damaged or cracked, and you don’t want to have that tooth extracted, dental crowns or caps are a potential solution. Dental crowns are also used to anchor dental bridges, to cover an implant, and in a variety of other treatments offered by Dr. Ward.
Fitting Dental Crowns
Installing a dental crown usually involves two visits to your dentist’s office. During the first visit, your dentist will take x-rays, examine the tooth and the surrounding teeth, and make sure that the bone surrounding the tooth is still viable and strong enough to hold the tooth and its crown in place.
If significant decay exists, your dentist might feel it’s necessary to perform a root canal procedure to ensure the crown doesn’t cover an active infection. In that case, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area, and shapes and files the tooth to accept the crown. If the tooth is cracked or broken, your dentist may also add tooth filling material where necessary to build it up enough to support the filling.
We will take an impression of the tooth so the crown can be created. A temporary crown is fitted at the end of this appointment, and a follow-up is scheduled for the final procedure.
The second appointment is when the newly created dental crown is fitted. Your dentist removes the temporary crown, cleans the tooth and fixes the new crown in place with special adhesive. At this appointment, an x-ray is taken to verify the fit of the crown is precise.
Types Of Dental Crowns
We, at Bay City Dental Center, offer several different types of dental crowns. Each tooth is different and depending on the size and location of the tooth, we are able to use our vast array of different crowns to restore your tooth to its proper form and function. Bay City Dental Center provides everything from all ceramic crowns, porcelain fused, metal, and full gold crowns.
Select The Right Dental Crown
Choosing the right kind of crowns, bridge work and other dental treatment is best done in consultation with your Bay City Dentist professional, such as Dr. Matthew Ward. We’re always happy to help our patients to find treatment solutions that relieve their pain, improve the appearance of their smile, and fit their lifestyle and budget.