If you have damaged teeth, a dental crown encases the tooth to provide strength and restore your smile with a natural-looking tooth. Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. in Chesapeake, Virginia, can help you preserve your teeth and renew their appearance with customized, on-site dental crowns. If you have questions about getting a crown or would like to schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A dental crown, or cap, is used to replace a missing tooth or to completely cover an existing tooth. When a crown covers an existing tooth, it restores strength and function. Crowns are also used for cosmetic improvements.
Dr. Jennings may recommend a dental crown to:
Your dental crown can also be customized to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen.
Dental crowns are made from resin or porcelain that’s customized to match your teeth. Although both materials look natural, porcelain resists staining and lasts longer than resin. A porcelain crown also has a translucent quality that makes it virtually identical to your natural teeth.
If you need a crown for a molar, it may be made from a combination of metal and porcelain. Metal is stronger, so it holds up to the pressure of chewing, while porcelain on the outer portion of the bridge looks like your natural teeth.
For the first step, Dr. Jennings gives you a thorough exam and takes X-rays to be sure you don’t need dental work before covering a tooth with a crown.
If you’re getting a crown to replace a missing tooth, Dr. Jennings will surgically insert a dental implant into your jaw to anchor the crown.
You may also want to consider teeth whitening before choosing a crown because porcelain resists bleach. If you get a crown that perfectly matches your current teeth, then decide to get them whitened later, your crown stays the same color while the teeth around it get lighter.
Getting a crown requires two visits to Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. At the first visit, Dr. Jennings prepares the tooth being covered with a crown, takes an impression of your mouth, and places a temporary cap over the tooth.
The impression goes to a dental lab, which makes a crown that’s customized to fit your mouth. When your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Jennings removes the temporary crown and cements your new tooth in place.
If you have questions about dental crowns, or suspect you may need one, call Dr. Kevin D. Jennings, LLC. or book an appointment online today.