General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Greenwich and Stamford Area, Riverside, CT
Crowns are tooth-colored restorative treatments that bring your tooth back to optimal strength, shape, and color. If you have a broken tooth or know a crown is something you may need, book a dental exam at Trusty Dental in Riverside, Connecticut, today. Click the online scheduling tool or call to book your crown evaluation over the phone.
Why do dentists recommend crowns?
Crowns are the next best thing to your original tooth. They provide protection and strength if your tooth is weak or damaged, which helps lower your risk of needing an extraction. Your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown to:
- Strengthen a tooth if you have a large filling
- Protect your tooth after a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
- Protect a weak tooth
Crowns are sometimes necessary for cosmetic reasons, too. If you have a tooth that’s severely discolored, for instance, a dental crown may be just the solution you need to restore your tooth’s aesthetic appearance.
What is the process of getting a dental crown?
The Trusty Dental providers specialize in modern crown treatments using gentle dental techniques. The first step in getting fitted for a dental crown is gathering digital X-rays of your tooth and possibly making impressions of it.
Your dentist then needs to reshape your problem tooth so it can serve as a strong anchor to support your new crown. During this step, your dentist numbs your gums with small injections. It’s common to feel some pressure and grinding, but prepping your tooth for a crown shouldn’t cause pain.
After reshaping your tooth, your dentist makes additional impressions so they have a before and after set. The dental lab uses these impressions to craft a natural-looking crown that fits perfectly over your prepped tooth, while also blending seamlessly into the natural function of your bite.
It takes a few weeks to complete your permanent crown, so your dentist at Trusty Dental applies a temporary crown to protect your treated tooth in the meantime. You’re going to need to come in for an additional visit to bond your new crown in place once it arrives.
How long do dental crowns last?
Crowns generally last 5-15 years, although they can certainly last a lifetime with good oral hygiene. To help your dental crown last as long as possible, your dedicated dentist at Trusty Dental counsels you about proper brushing and flossing. They also encourage you to come to the clinic twice a year for routine exams and professional cleanings.
Trusty Dental provides beautiful, natural-looking dental crowns. If you have a broken or damaged tooth, book an exam online or by phone to get started with your crown treatment.