When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
If you have a tooth that has become compromised in some way, it needs to be protected sooner than later or additional damage can occur. Before a crown is recommended, our dentist will examine your teeth and determine the best course of action.
Should a crown prove to be the best solution for you, we will prepare the tooth, take an impression, and send that to a dental lab so fabrication of the final crown can begin. We will only place a crown if it is in your best interest and helps improve your oral health.
You may need a dental crown to:
- Strengthen a weakened tooth and prevent it from breaking any more
- Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore a worn tooth or one that is already broken
- Cover a dental implant or hold a dental bridge in place
- Support a tooth with a cavity too large for a filling
How Dental Crowns Are Placed
Thewill take two visits to our Washington dental office. During the first appointment, our dentist will start by numbing the tooth and gum tissue surrounding the tooth so the tooth can be reshaped to make room for the incoming crown.
With reshaping complete, we’ll take an impression of the tooth receiving the crown. To ensure the crown will not negatively affect your bite, impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth in need of the crown will also be taken. We’ll also give you a temporary crown to wear while you wait for your finished crown to return from the dental lab.
At your next appointment, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and double-check how the permanent crown looks in terms of fit and color. If all looks good, we’ll numb the tooth and cement the crown in place.