A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. At Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.
Crowns can remedy the following issues:
- A broken tooth with decay
- A poorly-fitting existing crown
- A decayed tooth that has lost a significant amount of tooth structure
- A tooth that has had a root canal
- A tooth that is too small or misshapen
- A tooth that causes bite misalignment
Before we can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. We may give you a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping.
We will remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.
A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to receive the permanent restoration. You need to be cautious while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. You should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.
The mold of your teeth is sent to a dental lab where your crown is produced. Dental crowns are offered in three varieties: tooth-colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns.