For many patients, the words “dental crown” drum up a sense of fear and loathing, especially if this is the first time they require a dental procedure. Perhaps the fear comes from the common misconception that getting a dental crown means you’ll lose your tooth. It’s actually the opposite.
Dental crown allow you to keep your tooth!
The purpose of a dental crown is to save your damaged or decayed tooth and protect your smile. The unfortunate part is that by the time the situation calls for a dental crown, the tooth is no longer the gem it used to be.
Once the initial shock of hearing this news subsides, the next thing you might ask is, “What exactly is a dental crown?”
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed on top of a damaged, broken, or cracked tooth. In addition to saving your tooth, dental crowns are intended to restore your damaged tooth to its original appearance and shape. Thanks to modern technology, this common dental procedure has become virtually painless and can protect your tooth for many years.
Before dental crowns were invented, there was no saving teeth – they had to be removed. But now crowns allow you to keep your own teeth, even the damaged ones, for the rest of your life.
Are you a candidate?
There are many reasons you could qualify for a dental crown. Here are some of the most common ones:
- You have a weakened tooth that needs to be protected from further decay.
- Sections of your cracked tooth need to be stabilized.
- Your broken tooth needs to be repaired.
- Your tooth has been significantly worn down.
- There is very little tooth left because of a large filling that now needs to be strengthened.
- You had a root canal.
- Your dental bridge needs to be anchored.
- To repair a misshaped or discolored tooth.
- To protect a dental implant.
Cosmetic reasons for a crown
You also have the option of getting a dental crown for cosmetic purposes. Perhaps you’ve avoided going to the dentist for years because you had a negative or unpleasant experience and now you’re no longer in love with your smile. Dental crowns can be used in smile makeovers to give you the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted.
Is it painful?
Obviously, no dentist wants to intentionally cause their patients pain. At Joyner Dental Arts, we do everything we can to ensure our patients are comfortable and pain-free during this procedure. Local anesthesia is used throughout the entire process and nitrous oxide is available for those who ask. Both make the entire procedure go by faster. If we can make you comfortable and say, “That was easy!” when the procedure is over, then we’ve done our job right.
Joyner Dental Arts is a locally owned and operated dental office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We specialize in comprehensive dental services for the whole family. We love making our patients happy, but we especially enjoy completing smile makeovers.Whether you’re looking for a second opinion or need a new family dentist, be sure to give us a call today.