What to Expect When You Need a Dental Crown

People need dental crowns in Stuart, FL for a variety of reasons, such as preserving a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. You care for teeth with crowns just as you would any other tooth.

Other Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown

People most often require a dental crown for the reasons listed below.

  • Cover a dental implant to improve your appearance and provide additional support.
  • Cover a severely discolored or misshapen tooth.
  • Hold a dental bridge in place.
  • Protect a tooth from further infection after a root canal.
  • Protect a tooth weakened by severe decay.
  • Restore a severely worn, chipped, or cracked tooth to full functioning.

Steps Involved in Receiving a Dental Crown

The first thing you and your dentist will discuss is which of the following types of dental crowns will work best for you:

  • All-ceramic
  • All-porcelain
  • All-resin
  • Metal
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Pressed ceramic

Each type has advantages and potential disadvantages, and your dentist will recommend a specific type based on your health history and oral health needs. Next, Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan will take X-rays of the tooth requiring a crown and the bone surrounding it. Patients with certain issues, such as tooth decay or an injury to the pulp of the tooth, may need to undergo a root canal before receiving a dental crown.

After finishing the X-rays, your dentist takes an impression of the tooth with dental putty and sends it to our laboratory. We fit you with a temporary crown in the meantime. When the laboratory finishes your custom-made crown, you return to Stuart Dental to have it placed. Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan will need to remove some enamel from the treated tooth to ensure that the crown fits over it snugly.

Ready to learn more about dental crowns in Stuart, FL? Please contact our dental practice to request a consultation.

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