Root canals aren’t nearly as painful or even uncomfortable as they have been made out to be. But they certainly can be inconvenient. What if you had the option to choose another treatment and avoid a root canal all-together? You would, right?
At Weddell Dental, a dentist office in Bloomington, MN, we offer same-day dental crowns that can potentially save your tooth from a root canal procedure.
Your health and happiness are our top priorities. We understand that you want a treatment that can fix your problem is the most convenient and efficient way possible. That’s exactly why we’re proud to offer our same-day dental crowns.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a “cap” shaped like a tooth that we place over a damaged tooth. A dental crown is used to restore the tooth’s shape, size, durability, and appearance. Dental crowns are cemented into place to ensure they don’t move.
Our dental crowns look natural and are made to match the shade of your natural teeth. They fully cover the damaged tooth that is seen above the gumline so you will no longer see the damaged tooth. Instead, you will see what looks like a brand new tooth!
At Weddell Dental, we use CEREC same-day dental crown technology. Your dental crowns are made while you wait which saves you the time and trouble of having to wait for your dental crown to get back from the lab.
What Can A Dental Crown Do?
A dental crown can do a lot for your teeth and your smile, including:
- Protect a weakened tooth from breaking
- Hold a cracked tooth together
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth when it has a large filling and not a lot of natural tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover and improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To cover a dental implant
As you can see, there are a lot of ways a dental crown can help your teeth. If you see us early enough, before damage and decay get too bad, we can use a dental crown to solve your dental problem instead of a root canal. That’s great news for a lot of our patients!
Dental Crown Process: What To Expect
The process to get a dental crown is a relatively simple one. During your first visit, we will examine your mouth and take X-rays so we can look at the roots of your teeth. We will also look at the bone surrounding the tooth receiving the crown. If there is decay, as long as the decay isn’t too severe, we can use a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage and avoid a root canal.
Before we get started, we will make sure you’re completely relaxed and comfortable. We use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. We will then file down the chewing surface and sides of the tooth getting the dental crown to make sure the crown can fit properly.
However, if a large part of your tooth is missing because of decay or damage, we will add to the tooth using a filling material until there’s enough to support the crown.
Once the tooth is reshaped, we will take an impression of the tooth. That impression is used, along with CEREC same-day crown technology to make your customized crown. We will ensure the crown matches the color of the rest of your teeth so it blends right in.
Once everything looks the way it should, your new dental crown will be cemented in place!
Learn More About Dental Crowns Today
If you’re facing a dental issue and are unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to give us a call. There’s a good chance we can save your tooth with a dental crown and avoid a root canal, even if your tooth has started to decay.