A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover, or cap, placed over a tooth that has been badly damaged or is decayed. Crowns are used in instances where a dental filling cannot replace enough of the tooth. A dental crown can also be used to improve appearance of a tooth and placed over teeth that are misshapen or badly discolored.
Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown
We offer dental crowns in a variety of materials including porcelain or gold to fit your unique needs and goals. Gold tooth crowns are sometimes seen a being inferior to more modern materials. However, in some cases, a gold tooth crown may allow the dentist to conserve more of the natural tooth. Gold dental crowns are very comfortable, long lasting and able to withstand strong biting force.
Dr. McCool has extensive experience working with both types of restorations and can help you make the best decision. He is committed to continuing education and stays current with the latest advancements to offer patients access to the highest level of care.
Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown is placed in two visits to the dentist. The first visit includes the preparation. X-rays are taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root-canal may be performed.
Before the process of making the dental crown begins, Dr. McCool will gently shape the tooth, removing some of the existing tooth structure to make room for the dental crown. If there is not sufficient tooth structure to support the dental crown, the dentist may build up the tooth with a special filling. This preparation helps to create a solid foundation for the dental restoration.
After the shaping of the tooth, Dr. McCool will take impressions of the tooth and send the impressions to a dental lab, where the crown will be made. If you are receiving a porcelain dental crown, Dr. McCool will select a shade that closely matches your existing tooth color. He will also place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it while you are waiting for the permanent crown to arrive.
During the second visit, usually two to three weeks later, Dr, McCool will remove the temporary tooth crown. After he is sure the permanent crown is a good fit and the color matches, he will secure the restoration to the tooth.
After your procedure, you should not notice any discomfort. Dental crowns are designed to be very durable and resistant to chipping or coming loose. If this happens, you should contact Dr. McCool right away. With the proper care and maintenance, dental crowns will last for many years.