Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Greenwich, CT
Anyone can get a cavity that progresses into tooth decay. But when a tooth is decayed or damaged, it puts your oral health at risk. Dental crowns are a popular treatment to preserve a tooth and give it strength. Turn to Sean Sutton, DDS, and Mark Sutton, DDS, at Greenwich Dentistry for the best in crowns and restorative dentistry to keep your mouth healthy. Call the friendly team serving Cos Cob, Connecticut and the Greenwich, Connecticut area, or book an appointment online today.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap that covers a natural tooth. It completely surrounds the visible portion of a tooth that’s weak or severely decayed to give it strength. A crown is a permanent restorative dental treatment to improve the health of your smile.
If you need a crown, it’s custom-developed to fit your mouth. Greenwich Dentistry uses porcelain and zirconia to make crowns. Porcelain comes in shades that match your natural teeth, while zirconia is an incredibly strong material perfect for molars at the back of your mouth.
Do I need a crown?
Crowns are a popular dental treatment for weak, broken, or damaged teeth. Severe decay, cracks, and more can all compromise the strength of a tooth and cause you pain. A crown covers and protects your natural tooth and reduces your risk of further complications.
A crown can add strength to a tooth with a large filling. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a crown can be used to attach to a dental implant or to support a dental bridge.
What is the procedure for getting a crown?
Getting a crown generally takes two appointments at Greenwich Dentistry. At the first appointment, your dentist removes decay and cleans bacteria from your tooth. They prepare your tooth for the cap, taking impressions to ensure your crown fits perfectly in your mouth.
Your tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is created in a dental lab. Before your crown is created, you and your dentist work together to select the right material, whether it’s porcelain or zirconia.
You’ll come back to the office when your permanent crown is ready. Your dentist fits the crown on your tooth. After checking your bite, they cement it in place. The crown adds strength to your tooth and protects it from further decay.
Do crowns require special care?
You might experience mild tooth pain and sensitivity for a few days after your crown procedure as your mouth adjusts. Under the dentists’ guidance, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help minimize discomfort.
A crown looks and feels just like a natural tooth, and it doesn’t require special care. Simply brush and floss twice a day to maintain your oral health. Visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings to help keep your smile strong.
If you have a damaged, decayed tooth, a crown could offer protection and promote a healthier mouth. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book your first appointment online to get started.
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