Let Crowns Restore Your Smile

November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns  

A dental crown is a very common dental restoration that can be used to restore, preserve, and even improve the health and appearance of a tooth. There are many reasons why our Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress, may recommend getting a dental crown. For some examples, these covers are often placed over teeth that are,

  • Weakened by severe decay (when a dental filling isn’t enough to support the tooth)
  • Cracked, fractured or broken
  • Weakened by infection
  • In need of root canal treatment
  • Malformed, worn, or oddly shaped
  • Being used to support a dental bridge
  • Being replaced by a dental implant (the crown will cover the implant)

How is a dental crown placed?

The crown placement process can often be completed in just two appointments at our Danbury office. During the first visit, we will remove some enamel from the tooth to make room for the crown, which has to cover the tooth.

Since crowns need to be able to fit over your tooth, this requires our dentist to take a few impressions. These impressions will then provide our outside dental lab with the measurements they need to create your crown. While your crown is being made, we will need to protect the tooth with a temporary crown.

Once you return for your second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and check the fit of its permanent replacement, looking at the bite and how the crown feels to you. Once we have agreed that the crown is of the right fit, we will cement it into place over the tooth.

Does my crown require special care?

While you may be excited to hear that a crown can’t get decay, it’s important that you don’t neglect it—you should still treat it like all of your natural teeth, brushing it twice a day and flossing daily.

It’s also important that you don’t chew ice or use your crowned tooth as a tool to open items, which could cause damage to the restoration. With the proper care and maintenance, a crown can last up to 15 years, and possibly longer!

Interested? Give us a call

Getting dental crowns is easy, and it begins by scheduling a consultation with Dr. George Landress's Danbury office. Call us today at (203) 743-7608 to schedule an appointment with your dentist!