A deep cavity, old filling, or broken tooth may require more than a filling. In some cases, a dental crown is required to restore strength, shape, and appearance to a damaged tooth. Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson prefers to place all-ceramic crowns on teeth that show in a smile. Front teeth don’t crush food, so metal isn’t necessary for durability. Back teeth, however, incur significant pressure, so Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson recommends porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-metal crowns for molars.
A crown usually requires two visits – one for preparation and impressions, and another to secure the permanent crown. After your initial clinical visit, we’ll submit your impressions to our reputable dental lab. A ceramist will fabricate your crown using your dental impression and Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson’s instructions as a guide. Once the permanent crown is finished, you’ll return for a second office visit so that the doctor can secure your final restoration.
While your crown is being created, you’ll wear a temporary. In most cases, our patients have no issues with temporary crowns. However, should yours break or fall out, give us a call. We’ll see you promptly and reaffix the temporary restoration.
Root Canal Crowns
When a cavity or tooth fracture is very deep, it can compromise the pulp within the tooth. In this situation, Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson often recommends root canal therapy instead of extraction. Modern root canals normally take one visit and are completely comfortable. We can administer nitrous oxide if you’re concerned about comfort during any procedure. After removing infection from your tooth’s canal, Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson will secure a permanent crown. Root canal therapy is a conservative procedure that can save you from having to replace an extracted tooth.
Crowns are also used in full-mouth reconstruction cases. If you have significant oral damage and need complex reconstruction, Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson will develop a custom treatment plan to restore total health and comfort to your mouth.