A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. If you have a particularly weak tooth that needs to be held together, you have an extremely discolored tooth, or you're concerned about cosmetic looks, a dentist may recommend dental crowns. There are several types of dental crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, and resin. There are pros and cons to each type of material, but our cosmetic dentistry professional can make a recommendation on which is best for your situation and your tooth.
The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two visits. During the first visit, our dentist will examine the tooth to ensure it can support a crown, and then start filing in preparation. If your tooth is damaged or broken, filling may be necessary to make sure it is large enough for the dental crown to properly fit over. After your tooth is filed to the correct shape, an impression will be take. This impression, sent to a dental lab, will be used to make the permanent crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it until the permanent one is ready to be placed.
During your second visit, when the permanent crown is ready, the temporary one is removed and the permanent one is placed. Using a special adhesive, the dental crown is adhered to your tooth. Because there is a foreign object being placed on your teeth, dental crowns can take a bit to get used to. However, after some time, your dental crown should look, function, and feel like the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
The cosmetic dentistry professionals with Dr. Richard Yung have the knowledge and experience to know when to suggest a dental crown and to complete the procedure when needed. We proudly provide comprehensive and quality services to patients in the Columbia, SC area. For more information about dental crowns or to schedule your next visit with us, call our office today!