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When damage and decay weaken a tooth, a dental crown can restore strength and put a stop to discomfort. Crowns are popular dental restorations, and Monleudy Bracken, DDS, and the team at Vibrant Smile Dentistry make getting a crown simple. The latest in custom crown technology can help maintain and improve your oral health. Contact the Norfolk, Virginia, office over the phone or schedule online to find out if you could benefit from a dental crown.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a cap that covers your tooth. It fits perfectly over the exposed surface of your tooth to protect and strengthen it. Crowns are popular in restorative dentistry because they help restore weak or broken teeth.

Crowns come in a variety of materials, such as metal, porcelain, or acrylic resin. Your Vibrant Smile Dentistry dentist selects the best type of crown for you, depending on your needs. In some cases, crowns are used in cosmetic dentistry to change the shape and size of a tooth or to cover a discolored tooth.

Do I need a crown?

Decay from cavities or damage from an injury may compromise the integrity and health of a tooth. A crown adds strength to a tooth that’s at risk of breaking or suffering more decay. You could be a good candidate for a crown if you have a:

Weak tooth Severely cracked tooth Decayed tooth Misshapen tooth Large filling

Crowns strengthen individual teeth, but they can be part of a larger dental restoration. The Vibrant Smile Dentistry team often places crowns on top of dental implants to replace missing teeth, or to cover a tooth after a root canal. They also use crowns to support bridgework.

What can I expect if I get a crown?

Your dentist performs an exam of your mouth to determine if you could benefit from a crown. If getting a crown is a good option for you, expect the process to take two visits at Vibrant Smile Dentistry.

At your first appointment, the dentist numbs the affected tooth, thoroughly cleans it, and removes decay. Your tooth may need reshaping, and then the dentist takes an impression for your custom crown. You wear a temporary crown for about two weeks while the lab makes your permanent crown.

You come back to the office once the crown is ready. The dentist fits the crown on your tooth and cements it in place. They evaluate your bite to ensure the crown is comfortable.

With proper care, your dental crown can last for decades. Brush and floss twice a day and continue getting regular dental cleanings to keep teeth healthy.

Crowns are a simple and effective treatment for damaged, weak teeth. Contact Vibrant Smile Dentistry online or over the phone to schedule your first appointment.

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