Dental crowns are caps that fit over damaged or decayed teeth. Made of durable materials, such as ceramic, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM), crowns protect and enhance the appearance of dysfunctional teeth. They also restore the affected tooth’s shape and size for a healthier bite.
Crowns are among the most common restorations in the United States to treat a variety of dental concerns. Dr. Wilhelm may recommend a dental crown to:
Depending on the location of your affected tooth, Dr. Wilhelm can recommend the best crown material for you.
Placing a crown typically takes two visits. During the first appointment, Dr. Wilhelm performs a dental exam and takes digital X-rays to plan your treatment. Then, he reshapes and files your affected tooth to prepare for the crown. This step allows the crown to fit over your tooth perfectly, without appearing bulky or out of place.
Finally, Dr. Wilhelm uses an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your tooth to create your custom-made crown. Because crowns take 2-3 weeks to make, he places a temporary crown to protect your vulnerable tooth.
At your final visit, Dr. Wilhelm replaces the temporary restoration with your permanent crown. He then makes any necessary adjustments before cementing it in place. Once cemented, a crown can fully restore your smile, tooth function, and chewing abilities.
The average lifespan of a crown is about 15 years, but taking proper care of your restoration can preserve it for up to 30 years. You can maintain your crown function by:
Visit Dr. Wilhelm’s office right away if your crown feels loose or uncomfortable. Without a tight seal on your crown, bacteria can reach your vulnerable tooth and cause cavities.
To learn more about dental crowns, call Newport Dental Arts or schedule an appointment online today.