“Will a dental crown help me?” That is what many people ask themselves when they have a missing or damaged tooth. The truth is everyone’s situation is different so only a dental crown dentist in North Wales. Before visiting Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein and the staff at Smilestone Dental Medicine it is important to know what exactly is a dental crown and what they are used for.
A crown is a type of restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth. Crowning a tooth involves creating a dental impression of a prepared tooth by the dentist then fabricating the crown outside of the mouth. On average, dental crowns prepared and inserted by your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales last between 5 and 15 years.
When Does a Dentist Restore with a Dental Crown?
The Dental Crown Process
Step 1: At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and the adjacent bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth, a root canal treatment may be required before proceeding with the crown.
Step2: Next, your North Wales Dental Crown Dentist will numb the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth.
Step 3: The tooth receiving the crown is then filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. If a large area of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, your dentist will use filling material to build up the tooth and support the crown.
Step 4: A Temporary crown is made of acrylic or stainless steel until a permanent crown is constructed by a lab. Your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales suggests a few precautions while a temporary crown is engaged. These include:
Your Dental Crown Dentist in North Wales, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and our entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. Our paperless North Wales dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help you do just that. Call your North Wales Dental Crown Dentist at 215-874-0888