Dental crowns are a common solution for patients who are interested in general or cosmetic dentistry. These restorations are typically used in dental practices when problems such as large fillings and breakage occur, as well as when dental implants need to be restored.
They are often called “caps” because they cover the natural tooth structure and provide a layer of protection for the tooth. They are bonded over the existing teeth. Dental crowns are strong and can last many years when patients take good care of their smile with regular dental appointments and appropriate dental care every day.
Dental crowns are made of porcelain because this material is strong, biocompatible, and natural looking. Porcelain has the same shine that enamel does, so when placed within the smile, it is often undetectable.
Preparation for a dental crown is relatively simple. Patients will come into the dental practice for their initial appointment, during which a portion of enamel is filed down from the natural tooth. Impressions are made and sent to a ceramist for the fabrication of the crown, and in the meantime, a temporary crown is put in place for aesthetics and protection. Once the new crown comes in, typically within a week or two, patients will come back to the practice for the removal of their temporary crown and the bonding of their final restoration in place. Within a few weeks, patients will be able to enjoy the benefits of dental crowns.
If you live in or around the area of Cary and want to speak to a dental team with the experience to offer quality restorations such as dental crowns, we highly recommend speaking with Dr. Carl McMillan of Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers today. Book an appointment and consult with us to find out if you are an appropriate candidate for the placement of a dental crown.