Do you have a damaged tooth? Dental crowns from Dr. Igor Sitnik of Sitnik Dental, your dentist in Salem, OR, can repair your smile.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed on the top of a damaged tooth. They are used to cover, protect, and restore the function of a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are made of porcelain, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic.
When would I need a dental crown?
Many tooth conditions can be corrected using dental crowns. Tooth decay and root canal treatment will weaken your tooth. If you suffered from one of these problems, Dr. Sitnik might recommend placing a crown. It will prevent any further damage and protect the tooth from getting broken.
Dental crowns can also restore the shape, function, and appearance of broken or severely damaged teeth. In some cases, your dentist in Salem, OR, may recommend getting a crown for aesthetic purposes. This includes covering a deformed or darkened tooth.
What are the steps of the procedure?
In most cases, the patient has to book two appointments to get their crowns. In the first visit, the tooth that is receiving the crown will be examined using x-rays. Your dentist will check for any decay or infections. Dr. Sitnik will then start shaping your tooth to fit inside the crown. After preparing the tooth, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the dental lab, where they will prepare the new crown. Your dentist will place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth to protect it until the next appointment.
In the second appointment, the permanent crown will be attached using resin or dental cement.
How long do they last?
Dental crowns can last from five to fifteen years. The period depends on the pressure they are exposed to and the oral hygiene practices that you follow.
If you want to learn more about dental crowns, visit your Salem, OR, dentist, Dr. Sitnik of Sitnik Dental. Call (503) 363-5962 and book your appointment now.