Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Horsham, PA
Damaged, decayed, or unsightly teeth can hurt your appearance and impact your oral health, but a high-quality crown can restore your smile to its optimal aesthetic and functionality. The team of dental experts at D3 Dental offers strong and beautiful crowns at their office in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Find out more about crowns today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
What do crowns do?
Crowns serve a variety of medical and cosmetic purposes, like:
- Protecting an injured tooth from further damage
- Replacing a large filling
- Strengthening a structurally compromised tooth
- Enhancing the appearance of a tooth
When used in conjunction with a dental implant, a crown can even replace a missing tooth.
How do crowns work?
Your tooth has two main parts: the crown and the root. The root is the part of the tooth beneath the surface of your gum that keeps it firmly in place. The crown is the part of your tooth above your gum line that helps you properly chew up your food.
When you get a crown, your dentist uses a prosthetic cap to replace the natural crown of your tooth. Your dentist designs and fabricates it from an impression of your mouth for a natural fit and feel.
What materials are used for crowns?
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, cast gold, among other materials. Each material has particular advantages, depending on where in your mouth your crown is going.
Porcelain, however, is more cosmetically appealing, making it a popular choice for teeth that are highly visible. But like many other kinds of dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced later on.
What happens when I get a crown?
First, your dentist prepares your tooth by shaving off some enamel. Then, the team at D3 Dental takes an impression of your mouth. A special lab uses the impression to design your crown, fabricating it so that it fits perfectly and feels comfortable in your bite.
Your dentist fits you with a temporary crown while you’re waiting for your permanent one to come back from the lab. This process can take a couple of weeks, after which you come back to D3 Dental for a second appointment.
At your second appointment, your dentist removes your temporary crown and checks the fit and bite of the permanent crown. If everything is perfect, the crown is sealed in place with dental cement, and you’re sent on your way with a beautifully restored smile.
Schedule a consultation with D3 Dental today by calling the office or booking online, and learn more about how a crown can improve your oral health.