What's a dental crown and why would I need one?

What's a dental crown and why would I need one?
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your own tooth to restore its shape and size and improve its strength and appearance. Crowns can be made of several different materials such as metal, gold, porcelain fused to metal, and porcelain. Your dentist will be able to identify which material will work best to meet your individual needs.

You might need a crown in a number of situations: tooth breakage, tooth weakness, decay, over an implant, or to support a bridge. At our office, a crown procedure will take two visits. First, the dentist will shape or build up the tooth that requires the crown. Then, a digital scan of the area is taken and sent to the lab so that the permanent crown can be fabricated. Meanwhile, a temporary crown is made here at the office and is then cemented onto the tooth structure to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is placed.

Once the permanent crown is fabricated, we cement it onto the tooth structure at a second visit. Your new crown will look like a natural tooth, and it can be cared for like one, too!

If you have any questions about dental crowns, give us a call at 207-622-9215! You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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