Your permanent teeth are tough, but they aren’t invincible. If you chip, crack, or otherwise damage a tooth, a dental crown can restore your chewing ability and prevent further damage from occurring. At Mission Dental, in Eugene, Oregon, Timothy Lee, DDS, and the caring team regularly use dental crowns to help restore their patients’ smiles. To book your appointment, call or click to schedule an appointment today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” designed to restore a damaged or decaying tooth’s shape and general physical appearance. Once your dentist cements your crown in place, it covers the entire portion of your tooth that sits above your gum line. A dental crown also prevents further damage from taking place and blocks harmful bacteria from entering your root canals and infecting your tooth pulp.
Dental crowns can correct a number of common problems. The Mission Dental team might recommend a crown to:
The team might also recommend a dental crown to treat a minor cosmetic issue like a chipped tooth or a tooth that’s damaged due to teeth grinding.
Receiving a dental crown takes two appointments. During your initial appointment, the team takes a series of X-rays and performs a thorough oral exam. Before making your crown, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain. Next, your Mission Dental provider carefully files down the tooth in preparation of the crown. After reshaping your tooth, your dentist uses a molding putty to a series of impressions. Finally, your dentist covers your tooth with a temporary crown. After you leave, the team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your permanent crown.
A week or two later, the team receives your permanent crown from the dental laboratory. At your second appointment, your dentist injects a local anesthetic and cements your permanent crown in place. The entire process usually takes no longer than an hour.
Dental crowns last 5-15 years on average, but if you take good care of them, they can last even longer. To extend the life of your crown, Dr. Lee and the team recommend brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the office every six months for a cleaning and exam. In addition, you should avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or hard candies, as both can cause your crown to chip, flake, or crack.
To see if a dental crown can restore your smile, make an appointment at Mission Dental today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.