If you have ever needed a cap or a crown to fix a broken tooth, you probably had to visit the dentist several times. With One-Visit crowns, the entire process of diagnosis to crown can be completed in just one visit. Welcome to a new era of dental care!
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a cap or covering that is placed over your tooth to restore or improve its appearance and function. It serves an essential purpose in preserving teeth with fractures or decay. Crowns offer a more secure and permanent restorative covering than a conventional filling.
Why Would You Need a Crown?
- Breaking Tooth
- When the structure of a tooth is compromised, a filling may not be sufficient to strengthen the tooth. In this case, a crown is prescribed to protect the damaged tooth. A crown may also be used if a patient needs a large filling that may weaken the tooth.
- Root Canal
- If your dentist recommends that you get a root canal, you should expect to have a crown put in afterward. The crown will strengthen the tooth and restore its function after the procedure.
- Dental implants replace tooth roots; crowns replace teeth. Crowns are placed on top of dental implants so that the patient can chew normally again.
- Excessively Worn Teeth
- The teeth may be worn down by the habit of teeth grinding or acid erosion. As the enamel wears away, the bite may collapse, causing the need for crowns.
- Crowns can cover teeth that are discolored, damaged, or too small. They can also conceal old fillings.
How Common Are Crowns?
Dental crowns are quite common. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, about 15 million Americans have received crown and bridge replacements. A recent European study reported that about one in three Britons have dental crowns.
How Is a Crown Prescribed?
During your visit, your dentist will take some X-rays to examine the roots of the damaged tooth and nearby bone. A root canal treatment may have to be performed first if the extent of decay or risk of infection warrants it.
What Is the Process of Getting a One-Visit Crown?
First, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Next, the tooth will be filed down to make room for the new crown. If the tooth is too small due to injury or decay, your dentist will build up the tooth with filling material that will support the crown. An impression will be made with a digital scanner and sent to the lab for constructing the crown in a little over an hour.
What If You Don’t Get A Crown?
Your tooth will be at risk of further damage or decay, tooth pain, heightened sensitivity of the tooth to cold or hot, and a tooth abscess if you do not get a crown when recommended by your dentist. Over time, the tooth could completely fall out or need to be extracted. If you opt not to replace a crown recommended for aesthetic reasons, you would forgo the opportunity to improve the appearance of your tooth.
What Types of Materials Are Used?
Permanent dental crowns can be constructed from all resin, all ceramic, all metal (gold or other alloy), stainless steel, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
With the One-Visit Crown procedure, your dentist can prescribe and create an anatomically accurate restoration in one appointment. This revolutionary technology saves you precious time and money as well as your tooth. For a cost-effective, speedy, and effective solution for your damaged tooth, call today to set up your One-Visit appointment.