If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by an oral injury or tooth decay, Dr. Troy Babb of Pineville Family Dentistry is here to help. As an experienced restorative dentist, Dr. Babb can build a dental crown that will restore your smile, protect your tooth, and provide you with relief from pain and discomfort. We proudly serve patients in Pineville, Kingsville, and Beausheen, so schedule your appointment at Pineville Family Dentistry today!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped dental prosthesis, which is used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. The remaining tooth is trimmed, then the crown is cemented in place over the enamel. Your crown will cover up your tooth structure all the way down to the gum line, protecting it from any further damage.
In the past, materials like gold and stainless steel were often used for crowns. Today, though, ceramic porcelain materials that look and feel like natural teeth are more common, as they offer superior cosmetic results.
Dental crowns are often recommended for large cavities that can’t be treated with fillings, or to replace a large, failing filling. A crown may also be recommended if you have a tooth restored with root canal therapy, or to restore a tooth that has been cracked or broken by an oral injury.
Dental crowns are also sometimes used for cosmetic purposes. For example, a crown may be a better option than a veneer or dental bonding to restore a small or very misshapen tooth.
The crown placement process will usually take two appointments over a time period of about 2-3 weeks. At your first appointment, Dr. Babb will prepare your tooth for the crown. First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. You can also be sedated if desired.
Next, Dr. Babb will use a dental drill to remove any decayed or damaged enamel from the treatment site. Once this process is complete, he will take impressions of your mouth using dental putty. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be manufactured.
You will be sent home with a temporary crown to protect your newly-trimmed tooth. In about 2-3 weeks, your permanent crown will arrive at Pineville Family Dentistry. When we receive your crown, we’ll call you back in for your final appointment.
At this appointment, Dr. Babb will begin by checking the fit and finish of your new crown and make sure it fits perfectly. He will use dental cement to bond it to your tooth permanently. Finally, your new crown will be buffed and polished, completing the procedure.