A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap,” is a permanent solution for broken teeth, teeth with a root canal, or teeth that show signs of wear and weakening from the presence of a large dental filling. When done carefully and depending on a patient’s eating habits, a dental crown has the potential to last from 5 to 15 years or more.
Your dental crown procedure will consist of exactly 2 appointments.
- In our first appointment, we will prepare your existing tooth for the crown by reducing it in size. We know that a strong, long-lasting dental crown needs 1.5 mm of space in order to fit over your existing tooth, and that is why we take the time necessary to ensure this level of precision is met.
After your first appointment, you will leave our office with a temporary crown securely in place that will protect your tooth while the permanent crown is created by a talented and well-reputed dental lab. We use unique temporary cement that helps sooth and desensitize your tooth so there is no concern about sensitivity while you wait for your permanent crown to be made.
- At our second appointment, we gently remove the temporary crown and clean any remaining temporary cement. After confirming that the final crown fits and feels natural, we cement it in place permanently. For about 24 hours while the cement becomes strong, we recommend going easy on the newly crowned tooth so we ensure that the cement-to-tooth interface is established.
Our Guarantee to You
We take pride in our dental crowns and are pleased to offer a 5-year guarantee against breakage, so long as you are consistent in keeping your twice-yearly cleaning and exam appointments.
We want our patients to be happy with their smiles and to have the most natural looking crown possible. That is why at Bond Family & Implant Dentistry, we almost exclusively use BruxZir crowns, which are clinically proven to be strong and beautiful. These crowns are entirely tooth colored, whereas traditional crowns consist of porcelain baked over a metal shell, which over time have a greater risk of breaking, leaving you with a metal-looking tooth!
Why do I need a crown after my tooth gets a root canal?
A root canal procedure removes the nerve and blood supply of a tooth, thus relieving painful symptoms but also removing the tooth’s source of moisture. This causes a tooth to become brittle and more likely to break. In the back of your mouth where you chew your food using your molars and premolars, this can lead to a tooth breaking or crumbling under pressure. That is why the “standard of care” is to have a crown made for almost any tooth that has had a root canal done.
Call Today for an Evaluation
If you have a damaged or painful tooth or if you have older restorations that are causing you trouble, call our Longmont dental office today to schedule your evaluation with Dr. Ryan Bond.