Dental Crowns Are A Great Restorative Treatment
A common way to restore teeth with excessive decay, big fillings or damage through injury is the dental crown. Tooth-shaped and tooth-colored, Dental Crowns are commonly made of durable and natural-looking porcelain.
With proper and diligent dental hygiene, cleanings and oral examinations, these restorations provide beautiful esthetics and normal chewing and speaking for years. In addition, Dental Crowns save teeth, preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible and all of the underlying roots. Teeth that are adjacent to the crown retain their natural alignment, keeping a smile attractive and healthy, too.
The dental crown procedure can take up to 2 office visits to complete. First, the dentist takes an impression of the patient’s mouth. This is then sent to a dental lab where a skilled technician custom-fabricates the crown according to the model of the patient’s teeth and the dentist’s instructions.
The patient may wear a temporary crown while the permanent tooth is being made. This temporary crown resembles a natural tooth, but is not nearly as strong as the permanent crown will be.
Next, the dentist prepares the tooth to receive the crown. He or she removes decay and any old filling material and then shapes the tooth to receive the restoration. The dentist also checks for proper bite.
Many patients receive local anesthetic for this part of the procedure as shaping the tooth does involve some grinding and may provoke tooth sensitivity or discomfort.
In the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the natural tooth is prepared to receive the permanent crown. The dentist removes any remaining cement from the temporary crown and then glues the permanent one in place. The doctor also checks for proper fit and bite.
A patient who receives a dental crown is usually very pleased with how the “new” tooth feels and looks. Care involves brushing every day and flossing daily–just as with natural teeth.
Individuals who are concerned about the health of a particular tooth or are not pleased with how the tooth looks because of multiple fillings or other issues should ask his dentist about Dental Crowns.