If you have problems with your teeth, whether they are cosmetic or structural, it is recommended that you contact a dentist at Ballard Dentistry to discuss your treatment options. We provide many different treatments to make sure your oral health is pristine, such as crowns.
A crown is applied to a tooth when the structural integrity of it has been compromised or when patients want to improve the look of the tooth. It covers the visible portion of the tooth but can sometimes extend to the root surfaces to treat oral health issues like sensitivity, fractures, cracks, and more.
Preparing the Tooth for a Crown
Before getting a crown applied, the tooth will need to be prepared. To prepare the tooth, your dentist will shape the enamel and shave it down to make room for the crown. Once it is at the desired size and shape, we digitally scan your prepared tooth and send it to our lab. No more uncomfortable impression material in your mouth.
Applying Your Permanent Crown
At your next appointment, a permanent crown will be applied to the tooth. The temporary crown will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned and dried. The crown will be fitted onto the tooth, allowing your dentist to test its fit and make any adjustments so that it fits comfortably into the mouth. The crown will be shaven and trimmed as necessary to make sure it is a precise fit before it is bonded onto the tooth.
A curing light is used to harden the bonding material and keep your crown secure in the mouth. It may take some time to get used to the feel of your new crown, but you will get used to it after a few days or weeks. If you experience any discomfort, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment so that we can assess your crown and make any additional adjustments if needed.
To speak with a dental professional about the look and health of your teeth, give Ballard Dentistry a call. You can get more information on dental crowns and how they work to benefit your smile.