Dental Crowns in Westwood
One of the most frequently performed procedures here at Starry Dental, PC is the dental crown. A crown is a cover or cap-like structure that is cemented to the top of a tooth that is cracked, damaged, or decayed. The crown is typically made of a tooth-colored composite resin and is meant to provide a stable surface for chewing, eating, and other activities. The most common recipients of crowns are adults.
Why You Might Need a Crown
Crowns are a part of restorative dentistry, a field that focuses on repairing the teeth and returning them to their original health and function. The recipients of crowns often need them because they have practiced poor oral hygiene and allowed their teeth to decay. Sometimes people will need one if a physical injury has created lasting damage as well. Other reasons include having a large cavity that cannot be filled, needing root canal treatment, or wanting to cover a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.
The process of installing a crown will take two separate visits, since time is needed to complete the false tooth after measurements are taken. During the initial appointment, the dentist performs an exam to see how much of a tooth can be saved. Decayed enamel and pulp are scraped away, and the outer portion of the tooth is removed so the crown can fit over it.
An impression is then made of the shaped tooth. This is used as a mold for the composite resin to ensure the crown is the right shape and size. Sometimes the dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth until the permanent one is ready. The creation process tends to take at least two weeks.
Once the crown is ready, the patient returns. The crown is placed in the mouth, and final adjustments are made. When the dentist and patient are happy, it is cemented in place.
How to Receive
If you think you might need a crown, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist today so they can check the tooth. Crowns are often covered by insurance and are easy to care for.