By Richard G. Mark DDS
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Dental crowns are unique in that they fall under the classifications of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This versatile procedure benefits many dental conditions and issues. But how do dental crowns really work? Find out more with help from Dr. Richard Mark in Dental CrownsIndependence, MO.

How do dental crowns work? 
Dental crowns are a tooth-shaped cap which fit over the top of a tooth. A dental laboratory customizes your dental crown especially for you, taking into account the rest of your natural teeth and their color to provide the most natural appearance. While crowns can be implemented individually, they can also hold other dental restorations such as a dental bridge in place.

What can dental crowns do for me? 
Dental crowns’ main job is to protect and stabilize a weakened tooth. Dentists use dental crowns to achieve the following:

  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling
  • stabilize a tooth after root canal therapy
  • restore a weakened or worn down tooth
  • protect a compromised tooth
  • restore the biting surface of a tooth or teeth
  • improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth

Dental Crowns in Independence, MO
The crowning procedure usually takes place during two dental appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Mark prepares your teeth to fit inside of the crown. This process involves carefully removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth. This ensures that your tooth achieves a firm bond with the crown. A temporary crown protects your tooth until the final restoration returns to your dentist’s office. Dr. Mark then takes a mold of your mouth. The dental laboratory uses the mold to design your crown. Since this process takes several weeks, you will schedule a second appointment to place the crown after its fabrication.

Rejuvenating your smile is just a phone call away. For more information on dental crowns and how they work, please contact Dr. Mark in Independence, MO. Call (816) 461-3660 to schedule your appointment for dental crowns today!