A dental crown is a restoration that is commonly used to strengthen and protect a tooth when a filling is no longer an option. Some typical situations where we may recommend a crown are:
- Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
- Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restore the visible part of a dental implant
- Protect a tooth that has fractured
If Dr. Pruce recommends a dental crown, we will first talk about the types of material that will work bests for your needs. We offer crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. All have their uses, but our patients commonly choose porcelain or zirconia because they blend seamlessly with your smile.
Placing a crown usually takes place over two or three appointments. During the first, we prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of dental enamel to ensure your new restoration fits comfortably. Next, we take impressions of your teeth to create a model that a custom lab will use to fabricate your new crown. Finally, we prepare a temporary for you to wear until your final crown is ready.
After about two weeks, we will have you return to our office to place your restoration. Dr. Pruce removes the temporary and the final crown is adjusted to ensure it fits comfortably and doesn't interfere with your bite. Finally, your new crown is polished and cemented securely in place.
If you think you might be a candidate for dental crowns in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental today!