A dental crown is one possible solution to damaged or decayed teeth that need a little assistance to remain strong and healthy. Once a tooth loses some of its natural structure, it is more prone to decay, disease, infection, and even just falling apart from structural weakness. Here at Lee Family Dental Care in Worcester, MA, we provide a convenient and effective solution through the creation and installation of dental crowns.
A crown is a cap placed over a damaged tooth. It is bonded in place and can be used in any of the following scenarios:
Crowns can be made from porcelain or tooth-colored composite resin. Although older crowns used to be made of amalgam (silver), they have been phased out of modern practices because they stand out amongst the other teeth.
Anyone who thinks they need a crown should schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. The first step in any dental procedure is a comprehensive exam, during which our dentist will check the health of the teeth and gums and exam the tooth in question. Sometimes x-rays will need to be done to see if decay is lurking just out of sight of regular instruments.
If the tooth is healthy enough for a crown, the next step is cleaning and shaping. Our dentist will numb the mouth and remove any decay or diseased tissue in the tooth. The area is then sanitized, and the tooth is filled with a substance called gutta-percha. This material is hardened, and the tooth is shaped down so that the crown fits snugly over the top.
A mold is taken, and a permanent crown will be ready two weeks later. A temporary model is placed on the tooth until the next appointment.