Decay, damage, and wear can wreak havoc on the biting surface of your teeth. Worse yet, chips and cracks in the surface may result in breakage below the gumline, making it necessary to remove the entire tooth. Fortunately, you can prevent tooth loss by having our Sioux Falls dental team restore your worn and damaged teeth with dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are protective caps made from metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain materials. Most crowns cover the entire tooth, although there are also onlays and 3/4 crowns for times when full coverage is not needed.
The overall condition and location of the worn or damaged tooth influences which crown type and material you may need. If you need a rear molar repaired, a metal crown often works best since it’s the least likely to chip or break while chewing.
When you need to restore a damaged or worn front tooth, however, then you might want to go with an all-ceramic dental crown instead. Your Sioux Falls dentist can color match this crown to your teeth, so it blends in with your smile.
When to Get a Dental Crown
As your dentist, we will let you know if you’re a good candidate for a dental crown. We may recommend a crown if your tooth is severely chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, especially if the structure looks weak.
Dental crowns are also recommended when:
A large filling leaves your tooth susceptible to damage
You get a root canal that weakens the inner tooth structure
You have a tooth with extremely worn biting surfaces
You might also need to get crowns to help hold a dental bridge in the right position or after replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Crowns
If you need a dental crown, our Sioux Falls dentists will have you come in for two visits. At the first visit, we will perform a full exam, take x-rays, and prepare the tooth. Depending on the condition of the root, we may either need to do a root canal or simply reshape the sides to fit the crown.
Then, we will take an impression of the prepared tooth, so we can have the dental crown made at the lab. In the meantime, you will have a temporary crown placed over the tooth to protect its sensitive surfaces. Be careful while eating, flossing, and brushing, so you do not damage the temporary cover.
At the next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary dental crown and permanently cement the new one over your tooth. Once the numbness wears off, you can eat and drink normally without worry about damaging the crown.
Need to Restore Your Teeth? Visit Our Sioux Falls Dental Clinic
If you’d like to restore your damaged or worn teeth, reach out to First Class Dental Care with a call to 605-231-9758. We will help you find a convenient time to come into the clinic and have a full exam. At that visit, your dentist will take a look at your teeth and let you know if you’re a good candidate for a dental crown.