By Scott A. Terry, DDS
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns are unique in that they fall under both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. These versatile, porcelain restorations can dental crownsstrengthen your damaged tooth and make it look great. Find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Scott A. Terry in North Vernon, IN.

When is a crown necessary? 
Dentists use dental crowns in various dental situations, including to:

  • stabilize a broken tooth
  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal
  • complete a dental implant
  • improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth
  • strengthen a weakened or broken tooth
  • restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth

How does the crown procedure work? 
The procedure for dental crowns usually takes place in two steps. The first appointment involves shaping the tooth into the correct form to snugly fit inside of the dental crown. Your dentist then takes a mold of your mouth, which the dental laboratory uses to design your crown, ensuring a secure and natural fit. A temporary crown placed onto your prepared tooth protects it until the final restoration is complete. At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent crown, completing the procedure.

Dental Crowns in North Vernon, IN
Dental crowns do more than just strengthen your tooth. A crown completes your smile and provides a natural appearance and blends in with your natural teeth. If your crowned tooth was once worn down and unstable, a dental crown restores its biting surface to make chewing more efficient. Crowns are made to last and protect your tooth for many years with the proper care.

Are dental crowns right for me? 
Your dentist can help you determine if you would benefit from a dental crown. A good candidate for a dental crown should have a strong at-home oral care routine to keep their natural teeth and dental restorations healthy and decay-free. Crowns can work alongside other restorations like dental bridges to give you a smile you love.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact your North Vernon, IN family dentist, Dr. Scott A. Terry. Call (812) 346-4500 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Terry today!

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