Have you ever wondered why your dentist would want to put a dental crown on top of a tooth? Well, the answer is simple: dental crowns are used to protect and cover teeth that have been severely damaged. If you’ve recently had an accident or injury that has left a tooth with extensive damage, then one of the best things you can do for it may be to get it covered by a dental crown. This blog post will discuss what dental crowns are, how they work, and why you should visit your dentist if any of your teeth need one!

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of restorative treatment that’s used to completely cover an existing tooth, restoring it and protecting it from further damage. The goal is to restore the appearance and function of your teeth back to what they were before any injury or accident occurred.

How do crowns work?

Dental crowns are actually made up of two parts: the porcelain, ceramic or metal part that covers the tooth, and a synthetic material which is fused to the damaged tooth. This provides strength for it while also preventing any further damage. Crowns can be applied either on new teeth or old ones – just as long as they’re not too badly damaged.

When would I need to get a dental crown?

You may hear the words, “It’s time to get a dental crown”. Why might your dentist make this suggestion?

  • To restore a tooth that is worn, weak, chipped or cracked
  • You need to cover a dental implant
  • A large filling has become loose and structure of the tooth is impaired

The American Dental Association has put together a video which talks more about when your dentist may suggest you get a crown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLDn4AU9Dm8

How long does getting a crown take?

If you have sensitive teeth, are conscious of your broken tooth or any imperfections stemming from damage or discoloration to your teeth, or just need a new tooth for functionality, we can help. After only one visit with us, you’ll be able to get back to eating what you want without fear and worries. We now offer same day crowns!

To make getting a crown more convenient for you, we use the CEREC Single Visit Crown technology, so you don’t have to use a temporary crown or come back. This system uses digital imaging to create your crown quickly. You’ll get the right fit, the right bite and the right color, so you feel as if your crown is very natural.

We create smiles.

At Hanson Dental, we create smiles, and also want to help ensure your teeth are healthy and properly doing what they need to be doing: helping you eat, smile, and talk. Give us a call with any questions you may have about dental crowns: (763) 682-9796

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