Dental crown or cap restoration is one of our most common operations. In the US, thousands have crowns placed every day to fix all manner of dental issues. However, they are often not very well understood, despite how common the operation is. Some people are frightened by the idea of having a crown restored.
There is nothing to worry about! The procedure may be a little involved, but it is usually a simple and painless experience. More importantly, dental crowns themselves can be very important for the health of your teeth and mouth.
Here’s everything you need to know about dental crowns.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown involves a tooth shaped cap placed over the tooth. This covers the tooth and restores its shape, size, strength and aesthetic look. The crown covers the entire visible part of a tooth at and above the gum line when placed into position. Customized crowns are produced to match every tooth that is to be covered. A range of various materials might make up the crown, including ceramics, porcelain and metals, gold or resin.
When are dental crowns needed?
A dental crown is needed in order to:
- shield a weak tooth from decay.
- secure parts of a cracked tooth.
- restore a damaged tooth.
- cover a tooth with a large filling which has little tooth left.
- secure a dental bridge into place
- cover teeth that have been deformed or significantly discolored.
- cover a dental implant
- hide a tooth which has been treated with a root canal.
Crowns are the most effective solution whenever teeth are severely damaged, cracked, broken or the wrong shape. They restore the damaged tooth’s appearance, form and alignment. The crown is generally the only conspicuous portion of the tooth after it has been cemented into place. When installed, they look like a natural tooth so they blend right in with your other teeth.
How do dental crowns help protect my teeth?
Substitute crowns are much like sewing thimbles in that they fit on the top of a tooth and shield what’s underneath from harm. They act as a new top once attached to the tooth, securing it and preventing it from falling apart.
Crowns are made of very strong and robust materials. They’re just as effective as the remainder of your teeth in withstanding the work of chewing food.
The procedure for installing a dental crown
- The dental crown operation first encompasses numbing the tooth with a local anesthetic. If the tooth has been broken or has a root canal, buildup must be applied. This is a filling which restores the tooth so that the crown can affix itself better.
- Then the tooth carved down to better fit the crown and an impression is made.
- After that, a dentist determines the color of the teeth of the patient using a shade guide or uses photos of the teeth to assist the laboratory technician in making crowns that will match the remaining teeth of the patient.
- Using a mold of the original tooth, a temporary crown is made. This is affixed with temporary cement so that when a permanent crown is prepared the temporary crown may readily come off.
- The patient generally comes back for a second visit a few weeks after the temporary crown has been installed. This visit might involve numbing the tooth again and removing the temporary crown.
- The permanent crown is finally placed on the tooth and the fit, bite and smooth edges of the new crown will be checked.
- The crown is cemented with a permanent cement or dental glue after any required final modifications are made.
Because it covers two appointments, the procedure for installing a dental crown is a pretty time-consuming procedure. But it is definitely worth it. The crown help alleviates toothache and prevents the tooth from being damaged any further.
Ultimately, an experienced dentist is in the best position to identify whether you require a crown and why, and which materials would work best. We invite you to arrange an appointment in our office if you want to discuss how you can benefit from dental crown. Contact us today to book your visit!