Dental Crowns and You
Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped caps that are cemented and placed over a tooth above the gum line to restore it back to a normal shape and size. Crowns are designed to serve a variety of restorative and cosmetic functions.
Dental Crowns in Restorative Dentistry
Dental crowns are used for a number reasons. For one, a crown can be used to hold a large filling; if a tooth has been damaged to the point that it cannot hold a filling on its own, a crown is used to help support it. Another restorative function crowns serve is with root canal treatments; following a root canal, crowns are used to cover the severely damaged tooth to protect it from reinfection and prevent fractures or cracks. For patients who already have a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth, crowns can help strengthen the tooth.
Dental Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry
Crowns are also used within cosmetic dentistry. For example, crowns are used to support cosmetic dental bridges which are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Essentially, the crowns serve as “anchors” to hold the bridge securely in place. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants to restore the look, feel, and function of a tooth that was once missing. If you have a discolored or misshaped tooth, a crown can be customized to cover that tooth and match the shade and shape of the rest of your natural teeth so it can blend in effortlessly.
Receiving Dental Crowns
Receiving a dental crown from the office is usually a two-visit process. During the first visit, the dentist will perform an exam and take a few x-rays to first determine if crowns are the right solution for you. You may need additional treatment, such as a root canal before you are eligible to receive a crown. If you are a good candidate for a dental crown and are ready to receive one, then the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel on the outside of the tooth to make room for the crown to fit over it. Then, they will make an impression of the tooth that will be used to create the custom-fitted crown. They will give you a temporary crown to wear over the tooth until the final crown is made. By your second visit, the final crown will be ready and the dentist will fit and cement the crown in place!
Dental crowns have become more and more popular as patients are starting to realize the many restorative and cosmetic benefits they offer! If you’re interested in dental crowns and want to see if they are the right restorative/cosmetic option for you, book an appointment with our office today!