What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are sometimes called a “cap” and this is an easy way to think about it. A crown is designed to fit over your existing tooth, much like a hard hat that goes on your head to protect what lies underneath.
Why would I want a crown?
A crown is the preferred method of stabilizing a tooth that has had trauma, root canal therapy, large cavities, or large fillings.
Dental crowns are the ultimate tooth stabilizers. They help hold everything together to ensure that you will be able to chew and smile with confidence for years to come.
How does it work?
A crown will be custom designed to fit around what tooth structure you have left to ensure that you will have a tooth to bite on for a longer time. A crown allows you to bite onto one solid material instead of risking breaking the large filling or narrow walls of tooth that remain.
If a significant amount of tooth is missing, a “core buildup” may be necessary first. A core buildup is essentially a very large filling that replaces your missing tooth. A core buildup by itself is not a long term option and is simply used to give the crown something to hold onto.
Here at NorthStar Dental, we do One Day Dental Crowns whenever we can. This helps minimize sensitivity and allows you the comfort and ease of just one trip to see us.
Sometimes a One Day Crown is not the best option, and we will make sure to explain why if that’s your situation.
After the crown is placed, we usually recommend eating on the opposite side as much as possible for the next 24 hours. Crowns may cause the tooth to be a little extra sensitive to temperatures and to biting pressure for up to a week.