At Distinctive Laser Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of restorative dental treatments and devices, including dental crowns. Dental crowns are a restorative dental method used to cover and strengthen a weak or damaged tooth. Crowns can also be used to anchor dental bridges and to improve the strength of a tooth after a root canal. Dental crowns are a lasting restorative measure and can last between 15 and 20 years with proper maintenance and care. If you are looking to restore your smile and improve the quality and appearance of your teeth, dental crowns may be the appropriate restorative treatment for you!
Do you want to find out if dental crowns are the right restorative treatment for you? Contact our office in St. Louis Park today to schedule a complimentary consultation!
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering placed over the natural tooth to improve the appearance or restore the shape, size, and strength. Dental crowns are cemented to the natural tooth and fully cover the visible part of the tooth to the gum line. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold alloy, and glass.
Dental crowns can be used to protect what is left of a decaying or cracked tooth or to improve the appearance of the tooth. Dental crowns are custom-made to fit the designated tooth and will be color matched to the rest of your natural teeth. With proper maintenance and care, crowns can last between 15 and 20 years.
What is the process of installing a dental crown?
Patients typically require at least two visits to prepare for a dental crown installation. During the first visit, X-rays may be taken to verify the roots of the tooth receiving the crown are not damaged or decaying. Then the gum tissue surrounding the designated tooth and the tooth will be numbed so that the tooth can be reshaped and filed down to make room for the crown. After the tooth has been reshaped, impressions of the designated tooth and the teeth above the designated tooth will be taken to ensure the crown matches your existing bite pattern. Once the impressions have been taken, a temporary crown will be placed on the designated tooth to protect it while your custom crown is being created.
During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be fitted to the designated tooth and the color of the crown will be checked against your natural teeth. If the fit and color of the permanent crown are correct, the designated tooth and surrounding gum area will be numbed with a local anesthetic and the permanent crown will be cemented to the tooth.
Are you interested in learning more about the restorative dental treatments offered at Distinctive Laser Dentistry? Contact our office in St. Louis Park today to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff!