If your tooth has been damaged or weakened in any way, there is a chance your West Willow Family Dental dentist in Wheaton, IL will recommend a dental crown. While a crown may seem scary at first, it is a simple procedure that restores the structure of your tooth and keeps it healthy while improving its appearance.
Placing a crown in the mouth will often take two separate visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared. The dentist will remove any decay that is present in the tooth along with the outer portion to accommodate the crown. After this is done, an impression of your teeth will be collected so that the crown can be made to exact specifications.
Your dentist may apply a temporary crown to the tooth in order to prevent you from damaging the tooth as well as to keep your smile looking lovely while you wait for a permanent crown. Once your permanent crown has been designed, which takes about one to two weeks, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be applied to the tooth. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments and then cement the crown in place, restoring your tooth.
Crowns should be cared for just like your natural teeth. They are not indestructible and can break under pressure. Crowns can also develop cavities, so maintaining your oral health is just as important for a crown as it is for your real teeth. Avoid damaging your crown or developing a cavity by brushing and flossing each day, using ADA-approved dental products, avoiding hard foods or objects in the mouth, and visiting your dentist for biannual exams.
To make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible, we recommend visiting our Wheaton office at least twice a year. By having a West Willow Family Dental professional look at your teeth throughout the year, you can avoid dental issues that lead to needing a crown. You can also get any existing crowns examined to make sure there is no decay or damage present.