Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and so on. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, our dentist, Dr. Stella O. Nnadi, can use dental crowns to help you recover your smile. If our dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain-finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes two to three visits to our office. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. The mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new custom-made crown can be created. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about two to three weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time, you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your smile restored. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10 to 15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call our dental office in Charlotte, North Carolina, today at 704-688-7588 if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.