Dental crowns can both improve the appearance and the functionality of your smile. With such a variety of uses, understanding dental crowns may seem confusing. Luckily, your dentist can help you understand these versatile dental restorations. Learn more about dental crowns and how they benefit you with your dentist at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which fits on top of a tooth, covering it on all sides. A dental laboratory creates the dental crown, customizing it specifically for your mouth based on an impression taken by your dentist. Your dentist and the laboratory work together to color-match the crown to your natural teeth, ensuring it blends into your smile. Made from porcelain, dental crowns have similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth and are strong and durable.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Dental crowns have many uses, including for both aesthetic and functional improvements. Dentists usually use dental crowns in the following situations:
- to strengthen a weakened or broken tooth
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- to improve the appearance of a yellowed, discolored or misshapen tooth
- to complete a dental implant and replace a missing tooth
- to restore the biting surface and functionality of a worn down tooth
Dental Crowns in Salem, NH
Dental crowns usually require two appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing parts of the tooth’s enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and shaping it into the correct form to fit inside of the dental crown. With the tooth prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth which is then sent to the dental laboratory responsible for creating the crown. A temporary crown protects your tooth during the duration of time the laboratory requires to create the crown, usually about two weeks. At your second appointment, which occurs after the finished crown returns to your dentist’s office, the final restoration permanently replaces the temporary crown.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Call (603) 893-4538 to schedule your consultation for dental crowns today!