A dental crown is a dental restoration that acts as a cap to cover a tooth. We may recommend a dental crown for implant restorations, tooth damage, and discoloration. Chipped teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth can be covered and protected by a dental crown. Dental crowns also cover severely stained or discolored teeth and cap off dental implants, or prosthetic teeth. Our dental professionals provide dental crowns to patients at Waterford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Treatment with Dental Crowns in Leland, NC
Before your dental crown treatment, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, jaw joints. Once we have determined that your teeth and gums are infection-free and healthy enough for treatment, we will prepare the teeth. To prepare the teeth receiving the crowns, we remove a small amount of the natural tooth structure. Then, we take dental impressions that are sent to a dental laboratory. While your dental crowns are created, we will give you a temporary cap on each treated tooth. When complete, we will ensure that your dental crowns are secure and comfortable.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are restorations made of porcelain resin similar to crowns and fillings. An inlay fits between the cusps, or outer edges of a tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the tooth cusps. Both inlays and onlays are stain-resistant and easy to maintain. They are also great options for patients who do not need to treat their whole tooth but have damage on or within the tooth cusps.
Dental Crown FAQs
Our patients may have further questions about dental crowns, including:
How do I care for dental crowns?
You can take care of your dental crowns as you would your natural teeth. Gently brushing and flossing your crowns helps prevent plaque from impacting your gum health. Directly after receiving your crowns, we recommend that you refrain from eating hard or sticky foods. You can begin to eat these foods about 3 days after treatment.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
We want to ensure that our patients feel comfortable as possible during treatment, which is why we offer sedation dentistry and local anesthesia. It is normal to experience swelling and sensitivity following treatment. However, these symptoms will subside within 48 to 72 hours of your crown treatment.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our office as soon as possible for an appointment. We provide emergency dental care to our patients as soon as possible. We will restore the dental crown with a durable replacement. It is important to have a properly fitting crown as loose or broken crowns can damage the tooth underneath.
Request a Dental Appointment
Treat worn, stained, and damaged teeth with dental crowns at Waterford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule a consultation with our professional dental team online or call 910-519-1624. Let our team know if you have any more questions about dental crowns. We will be happy to help and look forward to seeing you on your next visit.