Your teeth are durable and designed to withstand a good deal of wear and tear. But they are not indestructible, and years of use, decay, neglect, and grinding habits can all lead to damage that is too severe to be resolved with a simple dental filling.
In this case, your dentist will recommend a porcelain dental crown to save the tooth by strengthening and protecting it from further damage. Single crowns are the most common restorative dental procedure, so you could say we have the process down to an efficient science!
Step One: Preparing Your Tooth
The first step in the process is to prepare your natural tooth to receive the crown. We need to remove enough of the surface of your tooth to allow the restoration to sit naturally along your gum line.
Step Two: Impressions
Next, we take impressions of the prepared tooth and make a model that will be used to fashion your new crown. This information is sent to a custom dental lab where skilled technicians customize your new crown to our exact specifications.
Step Three: Placing the New Crown
In about two weeks we receive the new crown back from the lab and will have you return to our office for placement. The crown is carefully checked for fit and adjusted as necessary. A crucial part of the process is eliminating any high spots that interfere with your bite. When we are sure the crown fits comfortably, we polish it and cement it firmly in place.
Caring for Your New Crown
You should care for your new crown in the same way you would a natural tooth. The outer shell of the crown will not decay, but bacteria can still damage your natural tooth and gums, so hygiene and routine cleaning appointments are essential. With conscientious care, your new crown should last as long as 15 years.
Do you have tooth damage that you think may require dental crowns to resolve? Please call our Selkirk, NY dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Henry Huang to discuss your needs.