Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns
Posted on 03/12/2021
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Welcome to the Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Office of Dr. R O'Neal!A dental crown is a restorative procedure to return a damaged tooth to its normal shape, size, and most importantly, its function. A crown is a cover or cap that is placed over a tooth and is used for various reasons to support the natural tooth structure. Dr. O’Neal, a leading dental expert in dental crowns in Mobile, AL, provides this information on dental crowns.

Why Dental Crowns are Needed

A dental crown is recommended to:

  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a tooth that has fractured
  • Cover a tooth that has severe decay when a filling won’t be adequate
  • Attach a bridge that replaces missing teeth
  • Cover a tooth that is poorly shaped or discolored
  • Cover a tooth after a root canal
  • Cover a dental implant

Dental Crown Materials

Dental crowns are made from various materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and composite resin. Your dentist will recommend what material your crown should be made from based on several factors so that it will look natural, fit comfortably, and match the shade of your teeth. These factors include the:

  • Location of the tooth in your mouth
  • Function of the tooth
  • Position of the gum tissue around the tooth
  • Tooth can be seen when you smile
  • Color of the surrounding teeth

Some materials cost more than others, so you should also discuss the cost and what your insurance will cover as part of your decision.

How a Crown is Made and Placed

Crowns take only two dental visits to complete the treatment. Your dentist will first prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion and any decay that is present so that the crown will fit over your tooth. Next, impressions will be taken to create a model of your tooth using a mold which is used to make the crown.

It usually takes about two weeks to make the crown. To protect the tooth during this time, your dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth. While you are wearing the temporary crown, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks. You should also avoid eating sticky foods that could cause the temporary crown to come off.

When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will first remove the temporary crown and cement. The new crown will be placed over the tooth, and your dentist will make adjustments until it looks correct and feels comfortable. Then the crown will be cemented into place.

Contact Dr. O’Neal, Mobile, AL, for an Appointment Today!

Dr. O’Neal is an expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, so feel free to ask any questions you may have. If you would like to make an appointment, contact us. You can also request an appointment online. We are here to create beautiful and healthy smiles!

Phone: (251) 479-5157

116 S. Florida St.,

Mobile, AL 36606

Dr. William R. O’Neal, Sr.

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