At Oak Grove Dental, our professional dentistry team wants our patients to understand the clinical value of dental crowns and the steps taken to enhance or protect their teeth. So, let’s begin with “What is a Dental Crown?”. A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device secured onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist. The crown is used to cap or cover a damaged tooth in order to promote strengthening the tooth while improving the appearance, shape, alignment and color. A dental crown can also be used to provide a tooth replica for shape, structure and function on top of an existing implant. Today, porcelain or ceramic crowns look and feel like existing teeth as the color can be matched almost exactly to the existing tooth coloring of the natural teeth. Unlike most dental offices that send their dental crowns to an outside laboratory, Dr. Speer uses CAD/CAM technology to create porcelain crowns in his own office. This can be done in a single appointment, which takes about 2 hours. Our patients love that they don’t need to return for a second visit. Dental crowns are recommended by general dentists for many different reasons. Your dentist may recommend a crown for replacing a large filling when very little natural tooth structure remains underneath the filling, to protect a weak tooth from fracturing, to cover a dental implant, to attach a bridge, or to protect a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering a poorly shaped or discolored tooth. This procedure can last a lifetime; however, each procedure is different based on the patient and their particular set of teeth. Don’t be alarmed as dental crowns do sometimes come loose or even fall out. The important thing to remember is to follow good oral hygiene practices to prolong the longevity and effectiveness of your dental crown. Visit your general dentist as often as he or she recommends, floss and brush regularly, and call your caring Oak Grove Dental team if something drastic changes within your mouth or teeth.