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Dental Crowns

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that covers the entire surface of the damaged tooth in question. This will return it to its original size and shape. They are permanently cemented with cracked, degraded, or otherwise damaged teeth. While sometimes they stretch down to the root surface, the crowns essentially replace the outside aspect of a natural tooth. Dental crowns will strengthen and protect the tooth structure that is unable to be restored with fillings or other dental restorations.

Patients may need and/or want a dental crown for:

  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Cosmetic appeal
  • Teeth that have decayed
  • Fillings that are too large or fractured
  • Treatment after root canal therapy

The crown completely encloses the portion of the broken tooth that sits above the gum line when attached. Crowns are made to fit every tooth in the custom. They can be made of various materials, including ceramics, porcelain, metal, gold, or resin.Dental crowns are matched perfectly to your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. After receiving your crown, you will once again have a beautiful, functioning smile.

When are dental crowns used?

In order to perform several important functions, dentists install crowns. They protect weak teeth, restore broken teeth, prevent further breaking of cracked teeth, and support high filling teeth. Crown variants are also used to hold dental bridges. The crown supports or substitutes a structure that no longer works alone in each case.

Whenever the teeth are severely damaged, cracked, broken, or flawed, the most effective solution is crowns. Crowns restore a damaged tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment. Usually the only visible part of the tooth is a crown after it is cemented in place. Crowns look like natural teeth, so they don’t stand out or look strange inside the mouth.

What do dental crowns do?

Crowns fit on the teeth in much the same way as sewing thimbles fit on the fingertips they fit over the top of a tooth and protect what is below it. They are cemented in place and, once attached, act as a new top for the tooth while holding it together and preventing it from breaking apart.

Crowns are made of materials that are very resilient and durable. They are designed to withstand the chewing traumas just as effectively as the rest of your teeth. Consider a crown as a cover for your tooth’s top portion. It essentially becomes part of that tooth after the dentist cements the crown to your damaged tooth.

What is the dental crown procedure?

First, your dentist will apply anesthetic to get the crown and the surrounding gum tissue to numb the tooth. They will then use a dental drill and an abrasive bur to remove the top and all sides of the tooth’s outer surface, creating enough space to place the crown. If the tooth remains insufficient to support the crown, they can first add a crown buildup to create a sound foundation on which the crown would sit. The dentist will then use dental impression paste, putty, or a digital scanner to make an impression of the tooth. To actually make the crown, they send this impression to a dental laboratory.

After the dentist sends them the impression, it usually takes about two to three weeks to get the crown back from the dental laboratory. During your initial visit, it’s not good for the tooth to be uncovered, so your dentist will install a temporary crown. When the permanent crown returns to the office of ImmediaDent, you will have a second appointment to install it with the dentist. The temporary crown will be removed and adjusted to fit your tooth and bite properly with the new crown. A special cement is then used by dentists to attach the crown to the tooth. The crown is firmly attached to the tooth when the cement heals.

What problems do dental crowns fix?

Crowns restore a damaged tooth’s shape, strength, functionality, and appearance. Once you’ve placed one, you’ll be able to use your tooth to chew again without endangering the underlying damage. By physically holding it together and shielding it from damage, Crowns protect the vulnerable part of the tooth. Crowns are also important to restore and preserve your mouth and bite’s structural integrity. It leaves a gap when a tooth decays or breaks. This gap can create additional problems if it interferes with your bite or if other teeth migrate into it. By filling the gap, crowns restore the proper structure of your mouth. Last but not least, as they are mostly indistinguishable from natural teeth, crowns also restore the appearance of your mouth.

Post procedure

Once your dental crown operation is completed, you may need to get used to it for a while before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth. However, the crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth after a little time has passed. If after your operation you have any questions about your crown, be sure to speak with your dentist.

For more information about how to enhance your smile with our restoration services such as dental crowns, please contact us today!