Most of us start our lives with strong, healthy teeth designed to stand up to years of wear and tear. While tooth enamel is extremely hard and durable, wear and tear take its toll as the years go by. At some point, the damage may be so extensive that a filling will no longer save the tooth.
If and when this occurs, dental crowns in Durham, NC will restore your oral health, return function, and improve the appearance of your smile.
Placing a dental crown is a process that can be broken down into three steps.
Step 1: Prepare Your Tooth
A dental crown adds bulk, so your dentist needs to reshape the tooth so that when they place the crown, it blends seamlessly with your smile.
Step 2: Take Dental Impressions
Your dentist takes impressions so a custom dental lab can make a model of your tooth and prepare your new dental crown. The model is also used to create a temporary for you to wear while the lab fabricates your new restoration to your precise specifications.
Step 3: Place Your New Dental Crown
It takes about two weeks to get a new crown back from the dental lab. When it’s ready, you’ll return to your Durham, NC dentist to have the dental crown adjusted for fit and cemented securely in place.
How to Care for Your New Crown
Care for your new dental crown in the same way you would your natural tooth. The restoration itself won’t get a cavity, but the natural tooth beneath it can. Brush twice a day, floss once, and visit your dentist twice a year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
If you have a damaged or broken tooth, call us to learn how dental crowns in Durham, NC can help. Please call The Smile Shop, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists to get started.