By Richard G Mark DDS
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are a highly versatile dental restoration which can do anything from improving the appearance of a tooth to saving it from dental crownsextraction. However, understanding when dental crowns become necessary and in which situations they can benefit you is helpful in determining if you should consider this common dental procedure. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Richard Mark at his practice in Independence, MO.

Do I need a dental crown? 
Dental crowns can help restore or protect a tooth in many different dental situations, including:

  • to protect a compromised tooth
  • to hold a dental bridge in place
  • to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • to improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth
  • to renew the worn biting surface of a tooth
  • to protect a tooth with a large filling or missing area

How can a dental crown help me? 
In the past, a compromised or heavily decayed tooth required extraction altogether. However, a dental crown, which allows the tooth’s roots to remain in their places in the jawbone, fits on top of the natural tooth and replaces its outer structure. By building up the outside of the tooth, the inner, natural tooth is protected from further damage due to everyday use. A crown also improves the appearance of a tooth, boosting your confidence and self-esteem to help you love the way you look.

What can I expect from the procedure for a dental crown? 
The crowning process begins with preparing the tooth to properly receive it. This includes removing a small portion of enamel from the top and sides of the tooth and shaping it into the same form as the inside of the crown. Your dentist then takes an impression of the mouth to send to a dental laboratory who custom-makes the crown for your smile. At a second appointment, usually about two weeks later, your dentist will bond the crown permanently to your prepared tooth. If necessary, your dentist may recommend wearing a temporary restoration between preparing the tooth and receiving your final crown.

Dental Crowns in Independence, MO
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Mark at his practice in Independence, MO. Call (816) 461-3660 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Mark today!