Facts About Crowns
One of the most common treatments we perform other than fillings is a dental crown. If we recommended a dental crown to you during your last visit, we recommend scheduling the appointment today. Delaying necessary dental treatments can lead to serious complications with your oral health. We know that it can be intimidating to receive a dental treatment that you may be unfamiliar with. Even if you don’t need a dental crown at this time, knowing about this common treatment may be beneficial to you in the future. Read on to learn more about a dental crown and the reasons we may recommend this treatment.
What is a Dental Crown?
Did we recommend a dental crown to you or a loved one during your last visit to our office? Even if you are not in need of a dental crown at this time, it is very possible that you or a loved one may need this common treatment in the future. We know that patients are sometimes nervous about receiving unfamiliar treatments. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that is placed over a damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. A dental crown can be used for many reasons, but the main goal is to restore the shape and function of the tooth, as well as strengthen it. We may recommend a dental crown to:
- Cover a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored
- Replace a tooth with a large filling
- Add strength to a tooth with little structure remaining
- Fix a cracked tooth
- Complete a dental implant or root canal
What to Know About Dental Crowns
A dental crown treatment requires more than one office visit. During the first visit, the decayed or problem areas of the natural tooth are removed, and a temporary crown is placed. During the next appointment, the permanent crown is placed, and we ensure it fits properly and comfortably. While wearing the temporary crown, be sure to avoid chewy foods.
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office in Knoxville, TN, to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help prevent you from experiencing further oral health complications.