Dental Crowns: Farmington is Covered
If you're self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns, also called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment.
What is a Crown Made of?
We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. To maintain a fully white smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.
How is a Crown Fitted?
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of short appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Metzger will prepare the tooth that needs a crown and take impressions, so our dental lab can fabricate a crown that fits evenly between your other teeth and does not interfere with your bite.
Preparing the tooth necessitates removing some of the tooth structure along the sides and on top. Dr. Metzger will leave as much tooth structure remaining in order to preserve the strength and integrity of the tooth. Once this step is completed, we take another impression; with the before and after impressions, the lab is guaranteed to provide a crown that fits perfectly and comfortably.
At the conclusion of this first appointment, Dr. Metzger will place a temporary ceramic crown over your tooth. Ceramic is not as strong as porcelain or metal, so a little care and attention is required; try to chew mostly on the other side of your mouth. Also, temporary cement holds this crown in place. Therefore, do not floss on either side of your temporary crown as this may loosen it.
After a couple of weeks, our dental lab will send us your permanent crown. You’ll return to Monet Aesthetic Dentistry to have this crown adhesively bonded to your prepared tooth. Dr. Metzger will examine the crown and check the fit. If any adjustments are necessary, she can take care of those in the office. Then, the crown is cemented in to place and you have an attractive tooth that is fully functional.
Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam, too.