What are Dental Crowns?
Find out how damaged teeth can be brought back to life with this simple dental restoration.
Are you dealing with a cracked or fractured tooth? Has a sports-related injury left your tooth weak and a little brittle? If you said yes, then our Thorp, WI, dentist Dr. Jon LaFlamme is here to revive and restore that tooth. Find out how a dental crown works and how it may be exactly what you need to protect your smile from further issues.
What is a dental crown?
This restoration is a hollow cap that is shaped just like a tooth. It’s custom-made to fit completely over a tooth to serve as its new outer layer. The crown itself is made to look just like a real tooth so no one will even know that you have a crown. They are also most often made from durable and resilient tooth-colored materials such as resin.
What is involved in getting a dental crown in Thorp, WI?
There are several steps that will have to occur before our restorative dentist places your new restoration. Here are the steps involved:
Step 1: The Consultation: This is where Dr. LaFlamme sits down with you and examines your smile and may even take x-rays to determine what’s going on. If we determine that the tooth is weak or damaged (often from decay or an infection) we will tell you what the next steps will be. In the case of an infection, we will need to perform a root canal treatment before you get your crown.
Step 2: Preparation: Next, the tooth has to be prepped for the restoration. Each crown is custom-made so once the tooth has been prepared we will need to take molds of your tooth. These molds will provide the exact measurements a dental lab needs to create your permanent crown.
Step 3: Temporary Crown Placement: It will take up to a week for your permanent crown to be made, which means that in the meantime we will need to place a temporary crown over the tooth just to protect it.
Step 4: Placement: Once the crown is ready you will come in for a fitting to make sure everything looks perfect before cementing the crown into place over the tooth.
Thorp Dental Center is proud to provide thorough dental services to the Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Gilman, Greenwood, Owen, Stanley, Thorp, Withee, and surrounding Wisconsin communities. If you need to schedule a consultation or appointment with us, call us today.