Dental crowns are suitible when only a small portion of the tooth is damaged and can only be used in the crown area. Dental crowns are not able to be used, however, when the root is damaged. Reasons for getting a dental crown include:
- A crack
- Tooth decay
- Cosmetic changes
Getting a dental crown will require the patient to visit the dentist a few times. The first time will consist of a consultation where options will be presented to the patient. An x-ray will also be done to give the dentist a better idea of what they are working with.
Over the next few visits, the decay will be extracted from te tooth and an impression of the remainder will be made so that it can be sent to the lab where the crown will be made. This can take up to a couple of weeks. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be issued.
When the permanent crown arrives, it will be placed and cemented in if it is deemed a good fit.