Dental crowns are great dental restorations that can help your smile more than you might realize. However, they might be confusing as well. So, if your dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, recommended restoring your smile with a dental crown in Charlotte, North Carolina, our dental team will be happy to teach you a little more about the restoration by giving you answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns.
Q: What is a dental crown?
A: A dental crown is a restoration that looks like a tooth-shaped cap. It encompasses the entire tooth and replaces the tooth enamel layer. It looks just like a natural tooth.
Q: What are the benefits of a dental crown?
A: A dental crown can improve the appearance of an unattractive tooth, protect a weak tooth, help a broken or worn-down tooth, hold a dental bridge in the mouth, cover tooth imperfections, cover a dental implant, and beautify your smile.
Q: What is the process of placing a dental crown?
A: The process is simple and painless. At the first appointment, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Then, he will shave your tooth enamel down to make room for the restoration. When the tooth is the perfect size and shape, he will make impressions of the tooth. Those impressions will help a dental lab technician create a perfect dental crown for you. While you wait, your dentist will give you a temporary crown. During your second appointment, your new crown will be cemented into place with a dental-grade cement.
To learn more about dental crowns, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental team at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA today. All you need to do is dial 704-523-7221 and we will be thrilled to help you!