Preparing for a Dental Crown
Placing your new crown will usually take two separate office visits. During the first visit, Dr. Nelson will examine the tooth to make sure it is healthy enough to support a dental crown. Then your tooth will be numbed and prepared to receive the crown. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel so that the crown can fit comfortably over the tooth. Then a mold will be taken of your tooth and used to create your dental crown. During the second visit, Dr. Nelson will put the dental crown on your tooth and, if it fits correctly, cement it into place.
Types of Crowns
Dr. Nelson will recommend the best option for your individual case.
Dental crowns can be made of :
1. All-Ceramic (porcelain) - provide superior aesthetics
2. All- Metal (gold alloy) - provide strength and durability
3. Porcelain-fused-to-metal - provide excellent aesthetics and strength
Actual patient: Before & After Laser Periodontal treatment, Invisalign Orthodontics and Dental Crowns
Inlays, Onlays, and Veneers
Crowns cover the entire tooth; inlays and onlays replace a smaller area of a tooth which needs more strength than a regular filling. Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth.
A Dental Bridge
A dental crown can also be used to support a dental bridge. A bridge is a false tooth that is attached to a dental crown on either side. This is used to close the gap that left by one or more missing teeth. In order to place a dental bridge, each adjacent tooth will first need to be fitted for a crown. Then, one or more prosthetic teeth are cast as one unit with the supporting crowns and are cemented in place using a bonding agent. The function and appearance of your smile are restored.