Everything You Need to Know About a Dental Crown

Dental crown
You already know that dental work is important. If you have a tooth that needs attention, you might hear your dentist recommend a dental crown. What is that? What does it mean for your mouth? What is the crowning process like? You’ll find explanations for each of those questions below.

What Is a Dental Crown?

At the most basic level, a dental crown is a cap that goes on a tooth. The point is to add strength to the tooth, and there are several reasons why a dentist might want to give you a crown:

  • Restore a weak tooth
  • Repair a crack in a tooth
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Cover discoloration on a tooth

A dental crown is designed to fit over the whole tooth. Each crown is custom-crafted for the tooth it caps, and crowns are designed to be permanent.

Crowns also come in a range of materials. Most are made from metals, porcelain, or a combination of the two, but other ceramics are also sometimes used. In rare cases, a dentist might use resin instead.

What Is the Process Like?

When you get a crown, there are a few steps to the process, and it helps to know them ahead of time.

First of all, you’re almost always going to need two visits for a permanent crown. In the first visit, the doctor will remove some enamel from the tooth in question. This is necessary for a clean fit. Once that is done, they will take a mold of your mouth that is used to create the permanent crown.

Typically, it takes a week or more for the lab to craft your custom crown (or crowns if necessary). Because of that, the dentist will install a temporary crown during the first visit after the impressions are taken.

Once the permanent crown is ready, our office will call you to schedule your return to Taylor Street Dental to have it placed.

Schedule an Appointment With Taylor Street Dental Today

If you think you need a crown or any other dental services, you can contact Taylor Street Dental today. Call the Springfield office at 413-781-7645. You can also reach us online to get an appointment with Dr. David I. Peck, Dr. Elwira Tyra, Dr. Stephen J. Greenberg, or Dr. Hien Truong.

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