A dental crown is a hollow false tooth that’s designed to cover up and protect your remaining enamel. Modern crowns are typically made out of tooth-colored porcelain and are bonded directly to your natural tooth to cover it up all the way down to the gum line.
Because crowns cover and protect your entire tooth structure, they are ideal for repairing severely damaged teeth. While they are sometimes used for cosmetic purposes, they are mostly used to treat severely-decayed teeth, to repair teeth that have been cracked or broken by oral injuries, and to cover up teeth after root canal therapy.
The first modern porcelain dental crown was introduced way back in 1903, and today’s modern porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were first used in the 1950s.
To begin the process, you’ll need to come to Indigo Dental for a consultation with Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan Crosland. They will examine your mouth and determine if a crown is the right choice for you.
At your next appointment, your tooth will be trimmed to prepare for your crown. Your mouth will be numb during this process, so you won’t feel a thing. Once your tooth has been trimmed, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will take impressions and photos of the tooth. Then, you’ll get a temporary crown and you’ll be sent home.
Dr. Meagan or Dr. Michael will send your information to a dental lab where a porcelain crown will be built based on the measurements and impressions they took during your tooth preparation appointment. It will usually take a few weeks for your crown to be made.
When your crown has been sent to our office, you’ll come back for your final appointment. Dr. Meagan or Dr. Michael will remove your temporary, check the fit of the permanent crown, then bond it in place permanently.
Yes. Except in the most extreme cases, a dental crown can be used to save a significantly decayed or damaged tooth. However, if the tooth is infected, you will need a root canal before you can get a dental crown. To find out if a crown is the right choice for you, contact Indigo Dental for a consultation.
Most modern porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns will last up to 15-20 years, and it’s quite common for crowns to last even longer than this. The lifespan of your crown depends on how well you care for it, so we recommend brushing and flossing consistently, and see the team at Indigo Dental for checkups every 6 months.
No. The crown treatment process is painless since Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will numb your mouth before treatment. We even offer sedation dentistry to ensure you feel totally comfortable at our office throughout your treatment.