Restore Damaged & Decayed Teeth
A Pristine Solution to Tooth Loss
If you have a tooth that has been damaged by an oral injury or affected by extensive tooth decay in Forest Lake, Dr. Jonathan Siverson can restore your smile and your bite with a dental crown. Dental crowns allow you to prevent further damage to your tooth, and preserve the health and functionality of your mouth.
Understanding The Basics
Do I Need A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are ideal for protecting and restoring damaged and decayed teeth because they are designed to cover up your entire remaining tooth structure, all the way down to the gum line. This helps protect your tooth, and also restore its natural function and appearance.
Dental crowns are typically recommended for cavities that are too large to repair with a dental filling, or for teeth that have been cracked or damaged due to an oral injury. They may also be used to cover up and protect a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy. More rarely, they may be used for purely cosmetic dentistry purposes, as an alternative to treatments like veneers or dental bonding.
Common Materials Used For Dental Crowns
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Today, the majority of dental crowns are made out of porcelain, which can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain is very similar to your natural enamel in hardness, durability, and density. It’s also very strong and completely stain-resistant, ensuring long-lasting results.
Other dental offices may use metal amalgam crowns that are typically made out of gold, gold alloy, or stainless steel. They are durable, but do not look natural and may affect your smile’s appearance, so they are used much more rarely in dentistry today.
Dental resin is also sometimes used for crowns. Some types of resin are appropriate for permanent restorations, but it’s typically only used for temporary crowns, since it is much less durable than porcelain or metal.
What Can I Expect?
The Crown Placement Process
The process of having a crown placed usually takes two appointments at Forest Lake Smiles. During your first appointment, your tooth will be prepared for your crown. Dr. Siverson will begin by cleaning and numbing the treatment area. Next, he will use a dental drill to remove decayed and damaged enamel from your tooth. After this, he will take impressions and images of your teeth.
These impressions will be sent to our partner dental lab, where your crown will be built. This process may take 2-3 weeks, so Dr. Siverson will place a temporary crown on your tooth and send you home.
Once your permanent crown arrives at our office, you’ll come back for your follow-up appointment. Dr. Siverson will check your crown to make sure it fits perfectly. If everything looks good, he will bond it to your tooth permanently, and your new tooth will be cleaned, buffed and polished.