Dental crowns are a porcelain dental restoration often used after a root canal but can perform various dental tasks. If your dentist suggests a crown, you probably have a damaged or decayed tooth. Understanding this treatment and how it works can help you determine if it is right for you. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Joel Johnson and his practice in Columbia, SC.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of porcelain which fits over the tooth to “cap” it off. A dental laboratory creates and color-matches the dental crown by hand to seamlessly match your smile. Crowns serve many purposes in various situations:
- Stabilizing a tooth with a large filling
- Holding a dental bridge in place to replace a missing tooth
- Covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- Protecting a damaged or broken tooth
- Improving the appearance of a tooth with aesthetic issues, such as stains
How does the Process for a Dental Crown Work?
Dental crowns require two appointments with your Columbia, SC, dentist. One appointment to prepare your teeth to receive the crown, take a clay mold of your prepared tooth, and place a temporary crown on. The dental laboratory uses the clay mold to design your dental crown, a process that takes about two weeks. Another appointment to remove any temporary restorations and place your final crown on,
How do I Care for a Dental Crown?
Caring for your dental crown is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. The crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth and requires only that you follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation for a strong oral care routine. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush and floss at least once a day between every tooth. See Dr. Johnson for routine examinations and cleanings twice a year.
Dental Crowns in Columbia, SC
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Joel Johnson in Columbia, SC at (803) 788-2555 to schedule your appointment!