A dental crown is an oral restoration that Dr. Fieldsmith bonds on top of a severely decaying or damaged tooth. It restores your tooth to its near-original size, improving your ability to bite and chew.
Dental crowns are easy to adjust to and require little maintenance. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and visit Dr. Fieldsmith regularly for exams and cleanings, they can last for a decade or more.
Dr. Fieldsmith uses crowns to:
You might also need a crown following root canal therapy, a type of endodontic treatment that treats damaged or infected pulp, the soft inside of your tooth.
Getting a dental crown requires two visits to Dr. Fieldsmith’s practice:
During your first visit, Dr. Fieldsmith examines and prepares the tooth receiving a crown. He administers a local anesthetic and gently files down the top and sides. Next, Dr. Fieldsmith uses paste or putty to take impressions of your tooth and applies a temporary crown.
Dr. Fieldsmith sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that makes your permanent crown, a process that takes two or three weeks.
When Dr. Fieldsmith receives the permanent crown, you return to his office, and he removes the temporary crown and assesses the fit and color of your permanent crown. He bonds it in place and provides you with care instructions.
Dr. Fieldsmith uses tooth-colored crowns made of porcelain (ceramic). It mimics the appearance of your natural tooth enamel, ensuring it blends in with your smile.
If you want your dental crown to last for at least a decade, try to avoid wear-and-tear damage from bad habits like nail-biting or opening plastic packaging with your teeth. Brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Fieldsmith every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if a crown can benefit you, request an appointment at the practice of Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS. Call the office today or click the online booking feature.