If you’ve only needed fillings to repair your teeth in the past, hearing that you need a dental crown may come as a shock.
Along with the shock comes a host of questions. Why does my whole tooth need to be repaired? Isn’t a filling enough to fix my tooth? Here's what you should know.
Why Your Dentist Recommends a Tooth Crown
Dental fillings are ideal for repairing small areas of tooth decay. If you have a tooth that is broken or decayed beyond what a filling can fix, you will need a crown to restore your tooth.
A crown is the right choice in these situations:
- To restore a large area of decay
- To protect a broken tooth
- As a restoration for a single dental implant
- To rebuild a tooth that’s had a root canal
- To support a dental bridge
The Materials We Use for Dental Crowns
Your Lakeland dentist designs today’s crown with both durability and aesthetics in mind. We can customize ceramic porcelain to match your smile, so your crown is not even noticeable. We typically recommend porcelain crowns for teeth that you see when you smile.
Zirconia and porcelain fused to metal crowns are incredibly durable materials that dentists often use for teeth like molars that do most of the chewing.
What to Expect When You’re Getting a Crown
The process for getting dental crowns in Lakeland, FL typically takes two or three visits to your dentist.
At your first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth for your new crown and also gives you a temporary crown. You’ll wear the temporary crown while a dental lab crafts your permanent restoration. The process typically takes about two to three weeks.
When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to your dentist to have it placed. During this visit, your dentist will adjust your new tooth to ensure that you are biting correctly and that you can chew properly.
If you have additional questions or concerns about getting a dental crown in Lakeland, we encourage you to call our dental office at (863) 858-3891 for more information.