A dental crown is placed on a tooth to treat a variety of issues. It is also called a cap because it completely covers a tooth as a cosmetic or restorative treatment. At Brookstone Dental Care, we can fit a dental crown to restore the appearance and function back to a tooth for patients from Northern Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Desert Ridge, and the surrounding areas.
What are Dental Crowns used for?
At Brookstone Dental Care in Phoenix, it usually takes at least two appointments to have a crown placed. During the first visit, your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure that it will be able to support a crown. To prepare it to receive a crown, the tooth will have to be filed down a small portion to create room for the crown to fit. The tooth will be numbed first to minimize any pain or discomfort. If, on the other hand, the tooth is too damaged or broken, your dentist may need to build it up first. Once prepared, an impression will be taken of the tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create a custom-made crown. At the end of the first appointment, a temporary crown will be placed to keep the prepared tooth protected.
Once the crown is completed and returns from the dental lab, a second appointment will be needed to have the temporary crown removed and replaced with the permanent one. The crown will first be placed onto the tooth to check for the fit, with adjustments being made as necessary. Then, the tooth will be cleaned before the crown is fastened into place using a special adhesive.
It may take some time to get used to the feeling of a dental crown after it has been placed, but it will be able to function like a regular tooth. It will also restore the look and, eventually, the feel of a natural tooth. If you need tooth restoration or would like to make a cosmetic change to a tooth, contact Brookstone Dental Care in Phoenix to discuss dental crowns as a solution.