What Greenwood patients need to know about porcelain dental crowns
When a tooth is badly decayed but still has a healthy root, addressing it quickly is important. Many patients are tempted to postpone the dental appointment because of timing or cost. However, as Dr. Christopher Griffin tells his Greenwood, SC, patients, the problem will not be easier or less costly to fix as time passes.
Understanding the need for dental crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are used for a tooth too badly decayed for a filling. Crowns are also used after a root canal, when the tooth is cracked or broken, or for cosmetic reasons. Dental crowns are durable and provide necessary protection for the tooth. Crowns are custom made to match the surrounding teeth, which provides a nice appearance as well.
The dental crown procedure
The process requires two visits to the dentist’s office, and, with the use of local anesthesia, is pain free. During the first visit your tooth will be prepared for the crown. This will require shaping the tooth to make room for the crown to be placed. If a tooth is fractured, broken, or had a root canal treatment, it might need to be built back up using filling material. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression will be taken.
A skilled ceramist at a quality dental laboratory will create the crown using the impressions and following the dentist’s orders for the exact shade. While the permanent crown is being created, the patient will use a temporary crown to support and protect the tooth. Once the crown is ready, it will be permanently cemented into place. With proper care, the crown should last 10 to 20 years.
Dr. Griffin and his entire team are committed to providing gentle, friendly, and expert care. Call today to learn more about our dental crowns or to schedule an appointment.