What is a crown and do I need one?

     A dental crown functions as a cap, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth, and serves to safeguard its remaining structure while restoring its original shape, size, and color.

Here are a few reasons you may need a dental crown:

  • Severe Tooth Decay

     When tooth decay has spread extensively over a tooth's surface area, it must be removed to prevent further damage. In such cases, a dental filling may not work to restore the tooth's integrity, and a dental crown is the best option.

  • Root Canal

     Following a root canal, a tooth needs reinforcement to restore its functionality. The most common way to provide this is a dental crown.

  • Dental Implant

     As the final step of a dental implant procedure, a dental crown is typically utilized. Its purpose is to act as a new, artificial tooth, covering the abutment.

Getting your new dental crown at Bailey Family Dental will involve two visits.

Initial Visit

     An impression of your tooth is taken to create a cast, from which a custom permanent crown is crafted at a nearby laboratory. Meanwhile, a temporary crown is made for you to wear. After your tooth is prepared to fit the temporary crown, we take special care to ensure it is securely placed.

Follow-Up Visit

     At your follow-up appointment, the temporary dental crown is removed, and the dental structure is thoroughly cleaned before placing the new custom-crafted dental crown. Dr. Bailey will meticulously check the crown's appearance, spacing, and overall fit to ensure a perfect bite.

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