If your dentist tells you that you need a crown, it’s not because you seem like royalty. Dental crowns are one of the most common treatments behind fillings and are often required to protect your tooth in various situations. They’re called crowns because they act as a “cap” for the top of your teeth. Dr. Carimi has placed hundreds of crowns for South Carolina patients and will ensure your crown procedure is as comfortable as possible.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Crowns are useful for a wide variety of dental situations. You may need a crown for a restorative or cosmetic reason. Here are a few of the most common situations where you might need a dental crown in Charleston, SC:
- You have severely damaged tooth
- Your tooth requires a filling so large that there isn’t enough remaining tooth to hold it
- You need a crown for a bridge attachment
- You have a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking
- You have a broken tooth
- You have a discolored or misshapen tooth
- You need a dental implant
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are supposed to protect your real tooth, so they’re made from extremely durable material. Because of this, they usually last for many years and can prevent more severe problems from developing in the future. They’re also often covered by dental insurance and can be cared for the same as natural teeth. The specific type of crown you receive — stainless steel or ceramic — will also have certain benefits, such as even more durability or the ability to match the shade, color and shape of your natural teeth.
What the Dental Crown Process Looks Like
Dental crowns usually require two visits, but can sometimes be placed in a day. The pain is minimal or absent and the process is fairly straightforward. If you need a crown at Clements Ferry Dentistry, here’s a general idea of what you can expect:
- Dr. Carimi examines your mouth and X-rays.
- He then gives you a consultation to go over your treatment options.
- If you do get a crown, you’ll receive anesthesia. (Dr. Carimi offers complimentary nitrous oxide to all patients.)
- Your tooth is filed down to make room for the crown
- After getting an impression of your tooth, you’ll receive a temporary crown.
- The impression is sent to a lab for manufacturing, shading, shaping, etc.
- You’ll come back to Clements Ferry and receive your permanent crown
If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns in Charleston, SC, contact us to schedule a consultation today!