Before and After Crowns
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. If we notice that a tooth is excessively decayed or cracked, a crown may be necessary to prevent additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
In some cases, the natural shape of your teeth may be unappealing. As you can see from the above before/after pictures, we can place crowns that re-contour your teeth, giving you a new smile.
Our crowns are made from zirconia, ceramic, or gold if desired. To maintain a natural look and feel, ceramic or zirconia crowns are best, as they can be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to our dental lab so that your new crown can be made. Before leaving, Dr D will fit you with a temporary crown until your new crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2 weeks to be made. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the new crown. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last around 5-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.