Dental crowns are the pinch hitters of dentistry, something you can count on when you need to replace a tooth that cannot be saved. Sometimes a crown covers the base of what remains of a tooth that has broken or been lost to decay. In other situations, crowns provide the natural look of teeth in a bridge or dental implant.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?
Dr. Pinson will need a little time to work with a dental lab in creating the permanent crown that will fit your mouth perfectly. So it usually takes two visits to complete the procedure involved in measuring, prepping your gum and tooth root, and placing the final crown. We’ll set you up with a temporary crown while the lab completes your permanent one.
A temporary crown looks close to what the final product will be but isn’t as durable, and the color may not match your other teeth exactly. But the temporary crown allows you to use your teeth fully and protect the gum and root area until we can get the final piece in place. Once we receive your new crown, you’ll be amazed by the realistic look and feel of your replacement tooth. The procedure shouldn’t be uncomfortable or painful. We know you’ll be happy with the final result when your smile is whole again.
What Kind of Material Is Used to Make a Crown?
Dr. Pinson uses ceramic materials in the crowns she places. Ceramic is durable and shaped to match your lost tooth and surrounding teeth. The color of the new crown will also match your other teeth. Dr. Pinson works with a lab to develop a crown that will look great and fit well.
With today’s technology, dental crowns can be made out of other materials like resin and porcelain. Metal crowns are also used in some cases but are less popular because they stand out visually in your mouth in a way that ceramic, resin, and porcelain won’t.
Does a Dental Crown Need Special Care?
One of the many benefits of a dental crown is the ease of care once it’s in place. You won’t be able to tell the difference in feel or appearance from your other teeth. Similarly, crowns require the same care as your other teeth. So, keep up on brushing, flossing, and any other hygiene habits you’ve been advised to follow by our experts, and you’ll have a functioning crown and healthy teeth for years to come.
If you have any questions feel free to contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online.