Back to the Basics with Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are a common and versatile treatment used to address a number of dental concerns. They form a sort of cap that covers the surfaces of the tooth. Crowns are an important tool to help you keep as many of your own teeth as possible. Traditionally, crowns have been made from gold or metal alloys. While this is a durable material, it is not particularly attractive. Modern crowns are made from high-quality dental ceramic color-matched to your teeth. Dr. Ryan O’Malley recommends metal in only some cases, usually on the biting surfaces of the molars.

Who Needs Dental Crowns?
As many as one-third of American adults has at least one crown. They are most common among older people but can be used on patients of any age. The complaints treated by dental crowns are varied, ranging from damage to simple esthetics.

  • Advanced cavities and tooth decay
  • Cracked and broken teeth
  • Strengthen a tooth after a root canal
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Permanently discolored teeth

What to Expect
In most cases, the dental crown process is spread over two appointments.

The First Appointment
The aim of the first visit is, essentially, preparation. Dr. O’Malley will remove any decay or damage and reshape the tooth to receive the crown. Dental impressions of the prepared tooth make the mold for the ceramic crown. At the end of your appointment, Dr. O’Malley may place a temporary crown to protect the tooth and restore function while you wait. The impressions will be used to manufacture your new crown in time for your second appointment.

The Second Appointment
Once your dental crown has been made, a second appointment is dedicated to final placement. Dr. O’Malley will fit your new crown and, once you are both satisfied, cement it into place. The permanently fixed crown is polished to match your natural teeth, and the procedure is complete.

Schedule a Consultation
Are you interested in restorative crowns, or have an old crown in need of repair? Dr. Ryan O’Malley of O’Malley Dental in Simpsonville, SC is an experienced dentist offering high-quality porcelain crowns. To schedule a consultation, contact us on our website or at 864-962-7672.