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Getting a Dental Crown? Here’s What to Expect

Aug 24 2021

Whether your pain or discomfort in your teeth or a regular check-up is what sends you to the dentist’s office, you may be told by your oral health professional that you need a dental crown. Dental crowns are a common type of oral health treatment option, and placing dental crowns is easy and straightforward. If you’re getting a dental crown, here’s what you should know and expect throughout the process—

What Is a Dental Crown?

 A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. They are used to help restore a tooth’s shape, appearance, and strength. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials; today, most crowns are porcelain/ceramic and match the color and texture of teeth; you won’t be able to tell you have a crown just by looking at it! 

When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are used when a simple dental filling won’t be enough to remedy damage to the tooth. For example, you may need a dental crown in the following circumstances:

  • Your tooth is weak and your dentist suggests a crown as a way to protect the tooth from further decay;
  • Your tooth is severely misshapen or discolored—the dental crown can be more aesthetically pleasing;
  • Your tooth has been treated with a root canal and should be covered as a way to protect it;
  • The dental crown is necessary to hold a dental bridge in place; or
  • Your tooth is broken or severely worn down. 

What to Expect with a Dental Crown

The good news is that with a dental crown, there’s not much difference between what you need to do with the crown and what you would do regularly for your teeth. For example, it’s important to still eat healthy food, avoid sugar, and brush and floss regularly. In fact, there is no special care that you’ll need to engage in to protect your crown.

Usually, getting a crown is at least a two-visit process.  You have a crown preparation done, take a messy in-mouth impression and have a temporary crown placed.  Weeks later, a final crown made in an outside facility replaces the temporary crown.  This process is wrought with negative outcomes.

At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we have moved to the highest technology for making crown in-office in a single visit.  After the crown preparation, a three-dimensional laser scan is done and a virtual model is created on a powerful computer.  A custom crown is designed by Dr. Bologna and his staff using computer-aided design (CAD).   The crown is then milled from a solid block of custom color-matched porcelain, it is then custom shaded to match your smile and delivered into your mouth on the same day.  The entire process takes no longer than the old two visit system and you’re done and on your way in the same day.

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Directly Today

Getting a dental crown may be an important part of caring for your teeth long-term. If your dentist recommends a crown, there’s nothing to fear—crowns are a common and essential part of oral care. To learn more about dental crowns and whether or not you need a crown, call Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today. Our dentists are here to help you maintain a happy mouth!

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