Sweet Water Dentistry
Dr. Phillip Greer, D.D.S
Dental Crown Information
A crown is a thin ceramic cover that mimics the size and shape of a natural tooth. They are most often used to improve your smile. These restorative ceramic covers are usually used when a tooth is totally decayed that it cannot be corrected with a composite filling. Crowns are used when you have a broken tooth, cracked tooth, discolored tooth or a misshapen tooth. The crown will cover the entire surface of your tooth thereby restoring your beautiful smile.
Dr. Phillip Greer will design a custom crown, using a shade guide, that blends with the color and shape of your other teeth. This will offer a completely natural look to your new crown. Then, we will use our Cerac machine to scan your mouth for impressions. No gooey materials are used for these impressions! Dr. Greer will design the crown in his office and it will take an hour to 1 1/2 hour to create your crown. The crown will be cemented in when you come back into the office right after your crown is ready.
You will need to protect the crown as well as the natural teeth with good hygienic practices such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis. You need to use mouthwash at least twice a day for best results. Dr. Phillip Greer will advise you on all the good practices that you need to include in your daily routine to protect the crown in the long run. If you plan on whitening, you may want to select the shade that you are whitening to, because whitening will not change the shade of your crown.
Same Day Crown: Time
Once the scans are complete, it may take an hour to 1 1/2 to manufacture the custom crown. Once the crown is manufactured, you will have to return to the office the same day to have it permanently cemented into your mouth. There are many things that you need to do in order to prevent any damages to the new crown. Avoid chewing hard food items such as ice, and wear a mouthguard so that you don't grind your teeth. You need to brush and floss the teeth at least twice a day to remove the food particles. This is vital to prevent plaque buildup and decay in the long run. The dentist will tell you everything you need to know to care for the new crown. You can ask any question from the dentist in this regard. If you have any questions about dental crowns, contact us at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL.