Crowns can be used to repair fractured, cavitated, root canal, or permanently discolored and abnormally shaped teeth. Depending on why a dental crown is needed, patients may also be able to choose a specific dental crown material, such as porcelain, zirconia, resin or metals.
Dental Crown Procedure
Placement of a crown may require two visits to our 6th Sense Dental Studio.
Beginning with a comprehensive dental examination, and shaping of the tooth that will be crowned over, Dr. Rinando then takes an impression of the patient’s mouth so that a customized fabrication of the crown (or crowns) can be made to precisely fit the targeted tooth’s dimensions.
At the end of the first visit, Dr. Rinando places a temporary crown to protect the tooth that is receiving the permanent crown will it is fabricated by a laboratory technician under her exact specifications. This temporary crown also helps the patient eat and function normally while the final restoration is fabricated.
The style, shade, and shape of the final crown is reviewed with you before cementation to ensure you are satisfied with the final product. The uniformity of your smile is of the utmost importance.
Dental Crowns Following Root Canal Treatment
Teeth experiencing root canals are devitalized because the blood and nerve supply normally keeping the tooth “alive” is replaced by endodontic material. Consequently, much of the tooth’s structure is gone, leaving a more brittle tooth vulnerable to breakage and bacterial infection.
Dental crowns are often used to protect a tooth after root canal therapy and restore its structural integrity. Molars and premolars experiencing a root canal especially need dental crowns because of the consistently heavy chewing load exerted on these back teeth.
Crowns may also be used to anchor bridges if neighboring teeth cannot provide enough stability on their own.
The Final Visit
The temporary crown will be replaced with the new, customized crown. Dental adhesive is used to affix the crown and adjustments are made to ensure fit and bite comfort. Once cemented, you will be able to function as though it were a natural tooth.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Performing oral hygiene practices necessary for keeping your real teeth and gums in excellent condition and will help ensure your dental crowns remain aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. If you have any further questions give the 6th Sense Dental team a call at (239)913-6780.