Greensboro Dental Crowns
At the Greensboro dental office of David M. Fisher, Jr. DDS, we are dedicated to partnering with patients to keep their smiles healthy with regular, preventive dental care. However, even the most diligent patients can still experience tooth decay and damage. When you need to repair your smile, our team will create a personalized treatment plan that utilizes the most conservative restorations that restore function and retain the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Dental crowns are some of the most commonly used restoration options. If you’re in need of help to repair a damaged or decayed smile, call our team right away. It’s always best to get started repairing your smile as soon as possible to avoid further damage, so don’t hesitate to reach out with us as soon as you notice an area of concern.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that fit over the top of you damaged tooth to recreate lost dental structure and protect your smile from further trauma. They can be crafted from a variety of high quality materials, including metal alloys, gold, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. Before we begin your restoration, we’ll discuss your options and help you to select the best material to meet your needs. Because of their long-lasting natural appearance, we most often recommend all-ceramic crowns.
When Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are necessary in the following situations:
- To repair damaged, broken, or decayed teeth that cannot be fixed with a more conservative option like a filling
- To repair a tooth when a smaller filling restoration has been removed and cannot be replaced with a new filling
- To protect and strengthen root canal treated teeth to avoid further injury or pain
- To support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic
- To replace missing teeth when attached to a dental implant post
- To enhance the smile’s appearance as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
Dental crowns are placed over the course of two trips to our Greensboro dental office. At your first visit, we’ll numb the area around your damaged tooth. Then, we carefully remove any broken or decayed parts of the tooth. A small amount of healthy tooth structure will need to be removed all the way around your tooth. This allows the dental crown to fit into the natural line of your smile without adversely impacting bite position and alignment. Once your tooth is prepared, we capture impressions. These reflected images of your prepared teeth will be used by our skilled dental lab technicians to create a custom dental crown. To protect your smile in the meantime, we will place a temporary crown. This dental crown is made from softer materials, and it is not permanently affixed. You should be careful to avoid chewing with that part of your mouth until we receive the final restoration. Once your custom dental crown arrives in our office, you return for the second visit. This appointment is much shorter than your preparation. We simply remove the temporary and check the fit of your custom crown. If the custom restoration fits properly, we cement it into position, and you leave with a flawless smile. In rare cases, we may need to send the crown back for adjustments, but this only happens in a very small percentage of cases.
How do I Care for My Dental Crown Restoration?
Once your dental crown is in place, you can brush and floss as usual. You may want to consider switching to a softer toothbrush or minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid unnecessary dental wear, especially if you have a porcelain or ceramic restoration. Waxed floss or flossing tools that use air or water may also be beneficial to avoid pulling or tugging around the dental crown. During your six month dental exams, we’ll carefully examine your smile for signs of wear and help you to keep your crown whole and functional.