Dental crowns also called dental caps or teeth caps, are used to add strength to teeth, improving their function and overall esthetics. Because of their versatility, crowns:
- Protect a tooth weakened by decay or damage
- Prevent chipped or broken tooth from breaking apart
- Restore teeth that are severely worn down
- Replace an existing restoration that covers more than half of the tooth
- Reinforce a tooth after root canal therapy
- Cover and support a tooth with a large dental filling
- Support a dental bridge
- Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe offer crowns as a restorative dental option to patients in their Media, PA dental office. Call 610.756.0649 to schedule an appointment to discuss your restorative needs and learn more about dental crowns.
Receiving a Dental Crown
Regardless of which treatment you choose, you will receive a comprehensive consultation and examination. During this visit, will inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth and determine if porcelain dental crowns are right for you. Next, will map out a customized treatment plan to meet your cosmetic goals as well as address your health concerns.
We will begin treatment by preparing the tooth for a dental crown. This may involve removing old fillings or dental crowns to provide a stable foundation for the new crown. will take an impression of your tooth that will be sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent crown will be made. A temporary tooth cap is placed over the tooth for protection and esthetics. The cap is made of plastic and temporarily sealed to the tooth. This is typically worn for 2 to 3 weeks while the permanent dental crown is being fabricated at the laboratory. When the dental crown arrives from the laboratory, will try it on to check the fit, shape, and color. will make any minor adjustments that might be needed before permanently bonding the dental crown to the tooth.
Dental crowns require very little special care. will review instructions with you and show you how to floss and brush properly. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are important to ensure long term health and proper fit.