Dental crowns are one of the most common treatments performed at Moore Family Dentistry. However, many patients are unsure of their purpose or how they work. At its core, a dental crown is a cap that we place over a damaged tooth. Not only can it strengthen the tooth and extend its lifespan, a crown can improve its appearance.
There are a number of situations in which Dr. Moore may recommend a crown. If you’ve had a root canal, a crown may strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of breakage. A crown may also make sense after a large cavity or filling replacement. If you’re displeased with the look of your tooth because it’s discolored or misshapen, for example, a crown may also be a good option.
How the Crown Procedure Works
Fortunately, the dental crown procedure is fairly simple. First, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to help reduce any pain or discomfort. Then, he’ll shave the tooth down to make enough room for the crown. Next, he’ll make an impression of the tooth so that it can be sent to a special lab. You’ll go home with a temporary crown.
Once your permanent crown is ready you’ll return to our office. The dentist will remove your temporary crown and place your permanent crown with a dental glue or permanent cement. From there, you’ll be good to go.
At Moore Family Dentistry, we offer CEREC same day crowns so you can skip the temporary crown and multiple visits to our office. Dr. Moore will apply your permanent crown in a single visit. In one 90-minute session, you’ll receive a natural-looking, durable crown that will restore your oral health and confidence.
Caring for a Crown
You won’t need any special tools to care for your crown. Dr. Moore will ask you to treat it like one of your original teeth. Brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis and visit our office every six months or so for routine exams and fillings. As long as you take great care of your teeth, your crown may last for 15 years or even longer. Our Raleigh Emergency dental friends at Wells Family Dental Group urge all patients to care for their crown in the early days so they will last longer.
Contact Moore Family Dentistry Today
If you have further questions about Moore Family Dentistry or the crown procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us at our premier Garner, NC dental office today. You can reach us at 919.772.1811. We look forward to hearing from you!