Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers or caps intended to replace real teeth. They’re among the most widely-used and most practical dental treatments due to their versatility, function and aesthetics.
Here at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, your dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, uses dental crowns to give sufficient support to weakened teeth or make otherwise oddly-shaped teeth look better. Find out what dental crowns can do for your teeth.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can be utilized for the following:
- Repairing a weakened tooth, making it stronger, and prevent it from breaking. In most cases, this is recommended for treating a huge cavity that does not have adequate natural tooth structure left to safely support a dental filling.
- Attaching a dental bridge to fill in space left by lost teeth.
- Covering and supporting treated teeth due to cracks or chips or those that have been significantly worn down due to grinding or bruxism.
- Correcting a crooked tooth.
- Restoring dental implants.
- Repairing misshapen teeth such as those that don’t match the rest of your natural teeth.
- Concealing a stained or discolored tooth that professional teeth whitening can’t correct.
The Dental Crown Treatment Process
During your first appointment, your dentist will:
- Numb the adjacent gum area and teeth around the affected tooth.
- Remove decay or failing or old restorations from your tooth.
- Prepare the tooth to ensure a perfect fit for the dental crown.
- Create an impression of the tooth to be sent to a lab where it will be fabricated.
- Install a temporary dental crown on your tooth as you wait for the permanent crown to be created.
At your next appointment, your dentist will remove your temporary dental crown, make some alterations to your tooth, and/or the crown, if needed, to make sure it fits flawlessly, and then cement your permanent dental crown in place.
Need More Details on Dental Crowns? Give Us a Call
Dial (775) 829-9331 to reach Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, and set a consultation with your dentist Dr. Melinda Kuhn.