What You Need To Know About Dental Crowns
With the start of the new year, there is no better time to schedule a dental treatment we recommended during your last appointment. One of the most common dental treatments we perform daily is a dental crown. Even if you have not needed a dental crown up to this point, there is a good chance that you or someone you know may need one in the future. We want to share more about this common treatment to help our patients feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about dental crowns. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
If you have never had a dental crown before and you learn you need to receive this treatment, it can seem overwhelming and intimidating. There is no need to worry, because this is one of the most common treatments we perform. While a dental crown can be used for a variety of reasons, it is always used to restore the shape and function of a tooth. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that is placed over a damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. A dental crown is also commonly used to complete certain treatments, such as a dental implant or root canal. We may recommend a dental crown to:
- Cover a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored
- Replace a tooth with a large filling
- Add strength to a tooth with little structure remaining
- Fix a cracked tooth
Important Information About Treatment
Patients are normally ecstatic after they receive their dental crown and wish they had scheduled their treatment sooner. A dental crown not only restores the function of the tooth, but it also blends in beautifully with the surrounding teeth. You will need two visits to complete your treatment. During the first visit, the decayed or problem areas of the natural tooth are removed and a temporary crown is placed. During the next appointment, the permanent crown is placed, and we ensure there is a proper and comfortable fit.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office, which is located in Meridian, ID, to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help prevent you from experiencing further oral health complications.