Dental Crowns

A dental crown is normally placed on top of a tooth that has been compromised.

What’s a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is normally placed on top of a tooth that has been compromised. This might occur when a tooth has broken, fractured, cracked or chipped. Not only does the crown protect the remaining tooth, but it helps to improve functioning of the area as well. This makes it easier for you to eat and chew because the tooth is restored to its original size and shape.

Why is a Dental Crown needed?

The most common reason for needing a dental crown is because a tooth has become compromised in some way. For some patients, this happens because their tooth has broken, cracked or has recently had a root canal. You may have a tooth that has an exceptionally large filling that is affecting the strength and underlying integrity of the actual tooth. A crown is realistic-looking and custom made for each of our many patients.

What makes you a candidate for a Dental Crown?

To determine if a dental crown is needed, we recommend coming in for a consult and exam with Dr. Adkins. Dr. Adkins will examine the tooth and can determine if a crown is necessary and will benefit the dentition involved. The crown procedure is done within an hour in our office and requires just local anesthetic. The treatment is ideal for most patients who need a crown placed.

What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?

Local anesthetic or sedation of your choice is used to make the procedure comfortable. Next, Dr. Adkins will file down and smooth the tooth to make adequate room for the new crown. Impressions, also known as molds, are taken of the tooth and used to construct both the temporary crown and the permanent one. You’ll go home the same day with the temporary crown and will need to come for a second appointment to have the permanent placed. The permanent crown is placed over the tooth and smoothed so that the bite and fit is as comfortable as possible. Your new crown can last for decades with proper care and oral hygiene.

If you think you might need a dental crown or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and our helpful staff members can help in answering your questions.