When you think of a crown, you may imagine images of kings and queens in castles. However, a crown becomes something very different when used by a dentist. A dental crown can protect and, in some cases, even save a tooth. But what is a crown and how can it benefit you? Find out how you can make your tooth royalty, too, with Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap since it covers the tooth from the top and “caps” it off. Made from porcelain, the crown fits over the tooth to protect it from future damage, stabilize it against everyday use, or improve its appearance if it is misshapen, yellowed, or stained. In addition to repairing the aesthetics or functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can work together with another dental procedure. Crowns hold dental bridges in place and cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
What can I expect while receiving a crown?
A crowning procedure usually takes at least two visits. The first visit will involve your dentist preparing your tooth to receive the crown, a process which involves shaping the tooth to fit perfectly inside the crown. This ensures a solid and secure bond between the tooth and its new restoration. A dental laboratory creates the crown from a block of ceramic and sends it back to your dentist in about two weeks. The lab uses an impression of your mouth and prepared tooth, taken at your first appointment, on which to base the design of the crown. Your second appointment will occur once your dentist receives the final restoration. At this appointment, your dentist will fit and place the crown permanently onto your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Downingtown, PA
Thanks to their versatility, crowns can benefit many types of patients in various situations. Your dentist can help you determine if crowns are the best treatment for you. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA. Call (484) 364-4292 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Horchos today!