Dental Crowns & Bridges
Have one or more of your teeth lost their structure? It’s time to look into getting a crown.
A crown (cap) is a type of dental restoration that is placed on a tooth to rebuild its structure. Crowns come in several different varieties, from full metal to full porcelain. There are advantages and disadvantages of each, and your dentist will be glad to inform you of these.
Prior to having a crown installed, there are a number of steps necessary. To start, your dentist may want to take x-rays to assess the roots of the tooth or teeth to which the crown will be applied. If there is any tooth decay or a high risk of infection, a root canal treatment may need to be performed before your crown can be placed in your mouth.
The tooth or teeth that are going to receive the crown will typically need to be filed down to make room for it. Conversely, if you are missing a tooth or have a large gap, your dentist will fill the area with a special material.
Next, your dentist will need to take impressions of the tooth or teeth that will have a crown applied. The dental impressions will be sent to a lab so that a mold can be poured and the crown can be made. In the meantime, a temporary crown or bridge will be placed in your mouth.
When the crown is completed, it will be sent back to our dental office. After inspection and any necessary adjustments, it will be ready to be cemented into your mouth at your convenience.
If you have any questions about crowns and bridges or would like to schedule an appointment, call Apex Dental today. We guarantee that we’ll provide you with great service while preparing and applying your dental crown.