What Do Dental Crowns Do?

By Bowser Dental Arts
May 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Your dentist’s goal when dealing with most dental problems is to preserve the natural tooth’s structure as much as possible. If you dental crownshave weakened, broken, or unsightly teeth, you could benefit from dental crowns. This dental procedure can breath new life back into your smile, leaving you looking great and feeling even better. But what do dental crowns do? Learn more with help from your York, PA dentist Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., at Bowser Dental Arts.

What is a dental crown? 
Dental crowns are a restorative dental procedure provided by your York, PA dentist. The crown itself is a tooth-shaped cap which fits over the top of a tooth and surrounds it on all sides. A crown’s main purpose is to protect a weakened tooth, but this restoration can provide many uses. A dental laboratory creates a porcelain dental crown in-lab, then color-matches the crown to your teeth to ensure a natural appearance, allowing your crown to blend flawlessly into your smile.

What do dental crowns do?
Dental crowns provide solutions to many different dental situations. The uses of dental crowns include:

  • to protect a broken tooth
  • to strengthen a tooth weakened by a large filling such as a root canal
  • to serve as part of a dental implant in replacing a missing tooth
  • to restore the biting surface to a worn down tooth
  • to change the appearance of a heavily stained or misshapen tooth
  • to anchor a permanent dental bridge into the mouth

The Procedure
Dental crowns usually take two dental appointments to complete. At your first appointment, your dentist determines if a crown is best for you, then takes a mold of your mouth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory and used as a basis for the design of your crown. Your dentist also uses this first appointment to prepare the tooth which will receive the crown. This is accomplished by shaving enamel from the sides and top of the tooth to create the perfect fit for the inside of the dental crown. A temporary crown protects your prepared tooth until the final restoration arrives at your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the final, permanent crown.

For more information on dental crowns and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., at Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA. Call (717) 846-9428 to schedule your appointment for a dental crown today!