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.
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.
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.