What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is basically a cap that is shaped and colored like a natural tooth. It can be placed on top of a real tooth to enhance the size, shape, strength, or appearance of that tooth. By covering the entire visible portion of the tooth, a crown can hide any cosmetic deficiencies and add strength to the tooth. This makes a crown a great solution for teeth that have been damaged by severe tooth decay.
How does it work?
A crown in Buford, GA can usually be placed in just two office visits. During the first visit, Dr. Moore will prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This involves taking x-rays and examining the jaw bone to make sure that the area is healthy enough to support a crown. Once you are numb, the tooth decay will then be removed and the tooth structure will be built up. If tooth decay has been severe enough to damage the nerve of the tooth, a root canal may be needed before the crown can be put in place.
Next, Dr. Moore will reshape the tooth. This usually involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel so that the crown can fit comfortably over the tooth. Then, an impression of the tooth is made and used to create a custom dental crown for you. It usually takes about two to three weeks for the crown to be fabricated in a dental lab. You will wear a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready.
During the second visit, Dr. Moore will check your tooth and gum tissue to ensure that the environment is right for the permanent crown. If everything is in good shape, the crown will be permanently cemented into place.
If damage from tooth decay is extensive enough, a dental crown may be the recommended treatment. Patients suffering from moderate to severe tooth decay should contact Dr. Moore for more information about a dental crown in Buford, GA.