By Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry
March 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Dental CrownsYour dentist at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI just told you that you will need a dental crown. Now you are filled with questions. What is a dental crown? Do dental crowns hurt? How long do they take to place? Rest assured, these questions are very common. Here are all the answers you need.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a dental device that covers or takes the place of all or part of the visible portion of your tooth. Dental crowns are frequently used to offer stability, to replace missing portions and to improve a tooth's appearance.

What are Dental Crowns Made of?

Dental crowns can be made of a variety of substances including gold, stainless steel, metal, ceramic, resin, or some combination of these. Porcelain dental crowns look the most natural, but gold is known for its strength and durability.

Why Do People Get Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are commonly used to cover a large filling when there isn't enough tooth left to support a filling, to replace broken cusps or to stabilize a tooth that has cracked. They are also used to repair a tooth after a root canal, to take the place of a missing tooth and to correct an unattractive tooth.

Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

Thanks to modern anesthesia, getting a dental crown does not hurt very much, if at all. You may have a little pain or sensitivity afterwards, but this can usually be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication.

How Long Does Getting a Dental Crown Take?

The process of getting a dental crown generally requires at least two or three visits. At the first visit, your dentist at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI will exam your tooth and take a dental impression, which will then be sent to a lab. Two to three weeks later, once your crown is ready, you will return to your dentist to have your crown replaced. You will likely have a third appointment a week or two later to check the fit of your new crown.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are built to last. You can typically expect your dental crown to last between 10 and 20 years if properly taken care of.

Thankfully, the worst part of visiting a dentist at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI for a dental crown is simply not knowing what to expect. If you have any other questions about dental crowns or if you are ready to make an appointment, please call our office today. We'd love to help you!

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