A dental crown, also known as a cap, covers the entire visible portion of a compromised tooth to restore its strength and functionality. Crowns can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, or to secure a dental bridge. Though most commonly used for restorative purposes, crowns can also improve the aesthetics of severely discolored or misshapen teeth. At Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, we offer both traditional and implant-supported crowns and can help you choose the right treatment for your needs and budget.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a custom-crafted restoration designed to improve the form and function of a weakened tooth. If you are missing a tooth, or your tooth must be extracted, this restoration can also be affixed to a dental implant to replace the entire tooth structure. Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal, and porcelain fused to metal. The type of material used during your treatment will depend on the extent of dental damage, your unique cosmetic goals, and your budget.
During the procedure, we can remove a small layer of enamel to make space for your dental crown.
Candidacy for Treatment
A dental crown provides more coverage than a dental filling, inlay, or onlay, and can be used to repair a tooth that is:
- Cracked or chipped
- Severely decayed
- Intrinsically stained
- Misshapen or disproportionate
Often, a crown is also the final step of root canal treatment. To determine whether a dental crown is right for you, our team can conduct a thorough visual exam and use digital x-rays to gain a more comprehensive view of your smile.
The Dental Crown Placement Process
The placement process will entirely depend on whether you are receiving a traditional crown or implant-supported restoration. In cases where a tooth is missing, you will first have to undergo dental implant surgery. This procedure typically requires a three to six month healing period before the crown can be placed. Once you have recovered, impressions will be taken and sent to a local laboratory where technicians will fabricate your crown. When your restoration is complete, we can affix it to your dental implant.
We offer both traditional and implant-supported crowns and can help you choose the right restorative treatment for your needs and budget.
If you have a damaged tooth, we can begin by administering a local anesthetic. For patients who require stronger sedation, we offer oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide to make treatment more comfortable. Once you are ready, your doctor can remove compromised tissue and a small layer of enamel. This process helps to guarantee that your crown fits securely in your smile. We can then take impressions, which will be sent to a laboratory and used to fabricate your final restoration. In the interim, we may place a temporary crown to protect you from sensitivity. When your custom restoration is ready, we can check its fit and color before bonding it to your tooth. It is important to attend regular checkups after treatment to extend the longevity of your restoration.
Preserve Your Oral Health
With a dental crown in place, you will be able to enjoy restored dental function and better oral health. If you are missing a tooth or have recently experienced an injury that has jeopardized a tooth, please contact our office online to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns. You can also call our friendly staff at our West Jefferson office at (260) 432-3588 or our Winchester office at (260) 747-4747 to schedule your consultation.