Dental crowns can transform your smile and oral health one natural tooth at a time. A dental crown is a strong, customized tooth cap that fits over the entirety of a natural tooth. Its primary purpose is to protect and preserve the natural tooth while enhancing its aesthetics and function. A dental crown can cover a decayed or root canal-treated tooth, but it can conceal a discolored or misshapen tooth.
We make the dental crown process painless and straightforward at the dental office of Joel R. Koch, DDS. A dental crown treatment typically takes two dental visits.
Your First Dental Crown Visit
First, we examine and prepare the tooth to receive the dental crown. We take x-rays of the tooth and surrounding bone and structures, and your dentist will inform you if you require a root canal treatment before crown placement. A root canal may be necessary if there’s tooth decay, risk of infection, or injury to the tooth’s inner soft tissue called “pulp.”
Next, we reshape the tooth to make space for the crown to fit perfectly over it. The type of crown you choose determines how much reshaping we need to do. After reshaping the tooth, we take an impression of it and send it to a dental lab, where a specialist will create your final dental crown. While we wait for the final crown to be complete, we fit you with a temporary crown so you can still eat and speak with ease.
Your Second Dental Crown Visit
Your dentist removes the temporary crown and places the final crown on your tooth, ensuring the shade, shape, and fit are to your satisfaction. We then numb the tooth and cement your final customized crown into place.
Why Choose Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can protect, restore, and cover the shape and strength of your teeth when dental fillings aren’t an option. Dental crowns come in various materials, such as porcelain, metals, resin, and ceramics. A dental crown can:
- Protect a weak, decayed, or broken tooth
- Conceal a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Top a dental implant
- Secure a dental bridge
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal
- Restore a damaged tooth
Tooth crowns don’t usually require special care; just make sure you brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly!
Restore Your Smile in West Chester, OH
Our dental office provides various high-quality dentistry services, including dental crowns. If you have a broken, brittle, or discolored tooth, please contact our team today at Joel R. Koch, DDS. Dr. Koch and our skilled and experienced team can restore your smile in no time!