When Do You Need a Crown?
Having a weak or broken tooth can be extremely painful. Whether it be due to decay, wear and tear, or other dental reasons, these teeth are not the ones you want to smile big with.
So what do you do to restore such teeth? The answer is a dental crown.
There are various reasons to obtain a dental crown. Crowns protect teeth, and reinstate form, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth. Different situations call for crowns such as: strengthening a weak tooth, fixing a broken or cracked tooth, holding dental bridges or implants in place, or to help with cosmetics within the mouth such as a discolored tooth.
What is a Crown?
There isn’t just one type of crown. Many are available and are made of different types of substances including stainless steel, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, zirconia, or all ceramic. Your dentist will help you decide what material is right for your individual crown. Different metals keep up better, and are more expensive, so talk to your dentist about the correct choice for you.
The crown itself acts as a “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The cap is cemented into place and covers the tooth completely.
What is the Procedure?
Receiving a crown takes two visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will usually take X-rays of the tooth and the surrounding areas including the roots, gums, and bone. Next, your dentist will numb the tooth and gums and remove any unhealthy tooth structure to make room for the crown. Then paste or putty will be used to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding area. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab where the crown is constructed. Your dentist will then put a temporary crown in until the real crown is ready for placement.
During your second visit, you will receive the permanent crown. Here, your tooth will be numbed and the crown will be cemented into place.
Crowns are the best way to protect, restore, and help your teeth cosmetically. Everyone dreams of having a confident and shining smile so contact your APEX dentist for more information on how a crowns can be of aid to you.