General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontics Provider located in Oklahoma City, OK
If you have a tooth that’s severely decayed, worn down, or broken, a dental crown can prevent further damage and restore your ability to bite and chew. At Safari Dental in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, expert dentist Sherman Menser, DDS, and the caring team use crowns to restore their patients’ smiles. Each crown is custom-made, ensuring a comfortable, proper fit. To schedule a crown appointment, call the office or book online today.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that cover a damaged or decaying tooth. They’re made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and metal. Once placed, a dental crown restores your affected tooth to its near-original size, shape, strength, and appearance. This prevents additional damage from taking place -- all while restoring your confidence.
Why would I need a dental crown?
At Safari Dental, the team uses dental crowns for a variety of reasons, including:
- To protect weak teeth
- To restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
Dental crowns can also make cosmetic modifications, improving the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth.
Are there different types of dental crowns?
The team at Safari Dental offers several types of dental crowns:
Stainless steel crowns
If your son or daughter has a decaying or damaged primary tooth, they might benefit from a stainless steel crown. Stainless steel crowns won’t last forever, but they can prevent further infection. Plus, they’re cost-effective and take only one appointment.
Of all the crown types, porcelain-fused-to-metal are the most natural-looking. These crowns feature a sturdy metal base and a porcelain cap. The porcelain mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel, allowing you to smile and speak confidently.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns
If you’re allergic to metal, you might benefit from an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown. These crowns match the color of your natural teeth and are safe for use on the front or back teeth. With proper care, they can last for 10-15 years.
Does getting a dental crown take several appointments?
Yes. Getting a dental crown usually takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, your Safari Dental provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes a series of X-rays.
Afterward, they administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots. Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider carefully files the top and sides of your tooth down to receive the crown. Next, they use dental putty to take impressions of your tooth. Your provider then sends your impressions to a dental lab that manufactures your permanent crown.
A week or two later, you return to Safari Dental. At your second appointment, your dentist lines up your permanent crown with your damaged tooth and bonds it in place. The process usually takes 30-60 minutes.
If you want to learn more about dental crowns, make an appointment at Safari Dental. Call the office or book online today.