A dental crown is one of the most effective ways to restore the normal function and appearance of decayed or damaged teeth. Designed to restore the entire exterior portion of teeth, dental crowns recreate the normal appearance and chewing function of teeth, while protecting them from additional damage or decay.
When expertly crafted and placed, dental crowns are long-lasting and natural in appearance. Known for her exceptional training and skill, Dr. Julie Spaniel has years of experience rehabilitating and repairing teeth with dental crowns. She is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest advances in crown placement to offer her patients only the best results. If you have damaged, decayed or otherwise compromised teeth, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Summerwood Family Dental and find out if a dental crown is right for you.
Can You Benefit from a Dental Crown?
A dental crown may be a great option if you have any of the following:
- A missing tooth
- A cavity that is too large to be properly treated with a dental filling, inlay or onlay
- A weak or worn tooth in need of structural support or protection
- A broken or fractured tooth
- An unattractive tooth that you would like to improve in shape, size or color
Dental crowns can be placed on their own or to support a dental implant or bridge. Dr. Spaniel will discuss these options with you following a comprehensive examination and discussion of your needs and goals.
Dental crowns are typically placed during the course of two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Spaniel will prepare your tooth for placement and take impressions of your teeth which will be used to create your crown. In addition to removing decay, Dr. Spaniel may need to remove a small amount of tooth structure to ensure the crown fits perfectly over the remaining tooth structure. Your crown will be expertly crafted at a dental laboratory using high-quality materials such as metal or porcelain. This process typically takes two weeks. In the meantime, Dr. Spaniel may place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
Once your permanent crown is ready, we will schedule a second appointment. Dr. Spaniel will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one, which will be bonded into place. Before you leave, Dr. Spaniel will make any final adjustments to the crown to ensure a proper fit and bite. The crown will be buffed and polished for a beautiful and seamless look.
Dental crowns can last for many years, so long as they are properly cared for. Like natural teeth, crowns must be brushed and flossed regularly. Routine dental checkups with Dr. Spaniel are also important to ensure your crown is functioning properly. Our team will be more than happy to share more tips and instructions on how to take care of your crown and teeth during your appointment with us.
Same-day Crown Placement with CEREC
Thanks to the innovative CEREC system, Dr. Spaniel is able to place a well-fitting and beautifully crafted porcelain crown in a single visit. The advanced CEREC system uses digital imaging and advanced computer software to capture your tooth and mouth’s unique specifications to create a customized crown. Dr. Spaniel will also use the measurements captured by the CEREC system to guide her when placing the crown. With CEREC, you can have a strong and attractive crown and restored smile within minutes.
Restore Your Smile’s Health and Beauty with a Dental Crown
To learn more about dental crowns, or the other restorative dentistry options Dr. Spaniel can use to enhance the health and beauty of your smile, schedule an in-office consultation. Contact Summerwood Family Dental by calling or emailing our office today.