If you’re looking for a Rochester, NY dentist that is renowned for using techniques that make dental crowns look, feel, and act like your natural teeth, Dr. Aaron Park at Irondequoit Family Dentistry is a wise choice. Maybe you are having unexplained pain in one of your back teeth that is caused by a hairline fracture. Or, one of your teeth has been damaged due to an accident. These are only a few of the issues that can be solved by having a dental crown procedure.
What is a dental crown? It is a type of cap that is placed over a tooth that has been broken, cracked, weakened, worn down by decay, or are recommended when there is very little tooth structure left to retain filling material. They are hollow and made of high-grade porcelain that are held in place with a dental cement. Dental crowns also protect the compromised tooth from further damage
The Dental Crown Process
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Here is a description of our process:
- During our first visit, we will remove any decay that exists and gently remove some of the outer surface of the tooth. In some cases, your tooth may require an additional filling in order to support the crown.
An impression of the prepared tooth is made to send to the lab for fabrication. While the crown is being made a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth, which will help you to eat and chew without pain or further damaging the tooth. The type of cement that is used is less firm than traditional dental cement so that the temporary crown can be easily removed when the time comes.
Our last visit involves removing the temporary crown and cementing the new crown into place. Final adjustments are made since a perfect fit is important. Even ridges in the top of the crown need to be perfect so that the new crown doesn’t interfere with your bite and how your teeth fit together. Dr. Park pays attention to every detail when making final adjustments to ensure that your crown will fit perfectly and feel totally natural.
Reasons Why You May Need a Dental Crown
- Encase and protect broken, cracked, or weak teeth
- Seal a tooth from decay
- Cosmetically improve discolored or misshaped teeth
- Prevent fracturing after undergoing a root canal
- Correct functional chewing problems
- Support the replacement of teeth in a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant
With proper oral hygiene and care, your dental crown can last 20-30 years and continue to look amazing. If you feel that a dental crown might be right for you, call our office today at (585) 266-4860.