Restoring Columbia Smiles with Dental Crowns
A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, can be the ideal solution for preserving a tooth. For instance, if you have a tooth that is weakened by a deep crack, then a crown can be used to hold that tooth together. Also, a dental crown is an integral part of a fixed bridge, which is often used by Dr. Beck or Dr. Hart to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A crown can also be an excellent choice for a tooth that is severely damaged by decay or for a tooth that needs alteration for cosmetic reasons. Regardless of why you need a dental crown, you can be sure the dentists and staff at Beck Dental Care will create and place a crown that restores both the form and function of your smile.
Several types of crowns are available and the one chosen will depend on your situation—specifically which of your teeth needs a crown. The dentists at Beck Dental Care use precious metal, porcelain fused to metal and all-porcelain or ceramic crowns. Because porcelain and ceramic crowns can be made to match the color of your natural teeth, we use these whenever possible. And fortunately, with advancements in the manufacture of dental materials, these are extremely strong and durable just like their metal counterparts.
Dental Crown Procedure
Before you receive a crown, we’ll make sure your tooth is strong enough to support a dental crown. Then, for most of our patients, receiving a dental crown normally takes two appointments. At your first visit, one of our dentists will administer a local anesthetic and then file down your tooth along the sides and on top to make room for the crown. This ensures that the crown fits comfortably between your other teeth and does not interfere when you bite down.
Once this step is completed, we’ll take an impression of the tooth and those around and above it, so our dental lab will be able to fabricate your new crown correctly. We’ll also use this impression to make a temporary crown that will protect your prepared tooth while the permanent crown is worked on in the lab. The temporary is not as strong as the permanent, so try to avoid biting anything hard with this crown and avoid flossing around this tooth, which could accidentally cause the temporary to slip or come off.
Your second visit will be scheduled for when the permanent crown is ready. We’ll remove the temporary and check to make sure your new permanent dental crown fits perfectly. Then, it will be positioned and cemented into place. To care for your new crown, brush and floss as you do with your natural teeth, but pay close attention to the space where the crown meets your gum line in order to keep this area clear of debris and plaque.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’ve been told that you have a tooth that needs to be repaired with a dental crown, call the office of Beck Dental Care. We’ll be glad to examine your tooth and recommend the type of crown that would work the best. Dr. Victor Beck and Dr. Hart provide Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, and Lewisburg residents with a comprehensive menu of general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.