Getting Dental Crowns? Here's What You Need to Know.Dental crowns are often necessary when the strength of your tooth has been compromised, either by tooth decay, large leaking restorations, root canal treatment, or as a result of injury.  If you find that you are in need of a crown, you may be wondering what to expect.  Here’s what you need to know about the process:

  • Crowns are basically caps that are placed over filed down teeth to strengthen the tooth.
  • Crowns can be made from different materials, including stainless steel or metal alloys, such as gold, porcelain, resin, and zirconia.
  • Some crowns may only be temporary, while others are permanent; be sure to ask your dentist what the best course of treatment is for your situation.
  • Typically, at least two visits are required to have a crown placed; the first to prepare the tooth and the second to insert the crown.
  • The procedure for having a crown placed should not be any more uncomfortable than routine dental work or fillings would be.  Your dentist will use anesthesia to numb the area before filing and preparing the tooth.

To learn more or watch a video on the process, visit our website page devoted to crowns.