Feeling confident when your smile is in bad shape can be difficult. Missing teeth or teeth that are worn and damaged can make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, modern dentists in the Raleigh area can restore your smile with dental crowns and bridgework.
Most teeth are still worth saving, even when a significant amount of structure has been lost due to decay or an injury. Crowns are used to restore these weak teeth so that they can function normally again and look like completely natural teeth.
What are the steps for crowning a tooth?
First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to keep you comfortable. Next, the tooth will be slightly reduced in shape and size to fit underneath the new crown. After the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will record the dimensions of the tooth and surrounding tissues using a conventional dental impression or a 3-D imaging device. If possible, the records will be used to make the crown in the dental office while you wait; if not, the records will be forwarded to a dental lab where the crown will be made. If the dental crown will be made in an offsite dental lab, the tooth will be temporarily fitted with a realistic-looking acrylic crown. The final, permanent crown will be made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two materials to look ideal and function perfectly within your bite. The permanent crown is bonded on top of your natural tooth with a high-grade adhesive and you’ll be able to chew and bite normally.
Your new crown should feel comfortable and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Teeth that have been crowned require the same diligent care that your other teeth deserve. Take the time to brush and floss every day to prevent the accumulation of dental plaque. Contact a dentist in the Raleigh area today to find out if dental crowns are right for you.