A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Tooth caps are generally used by the dentist when a filling is insufficient.
Dr. Matthew Wolfe also uses dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored. Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future or the possibility that a fractured tooth may need to be removed, requiring a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth. It is always best to preserve the integrity of the natural teeth whenever possible for long term dental health.
Dental Crown Procedure
- Initial Visit – First, Dr. Wolfe will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help Dr. Wolfe to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.
- Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Wolfe will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
- Final Restoration – In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Wolfe will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.