Damaged teeth can be restored to their original form by covering them with an appropriately sized crown or cap. Crowns are ideal alternatives when fillings and other methods are deemed unsuitable or undesirable.
They come in a variety of types to cater to different needs and preferences. Porcelain is by far the most popular type thanks to its striking resemblance to real teeth. The material is also resilient to damage and should last for years with proper care. Yet like everything else, it may require replacement down the line. Your dentist will match the porcelain crown with the natural color, size and shape of your teeth so that it blends in well with the rest.
Why Get Dental Crowns?
- Tooth decay
- Fractured filling
- Broken teeth
- Root canal
- Aesthetic enhancement
- Large filling
What is Involved in the Procedure?
Getting a crown generally requires at least two visits to the dentist’s office. The initial one is for preliminary preparations and the creation of a mold which will eventually be used to make your new crown. A temporary crown may also be made to cover the bare tooth while waiting for the permanent one to arrive. Fabrication can take anywhere from several days to as much as two weeks.
First, the dentist will remove any signs of decay around the tooth. Anesthesia may be used if the patient feels pain. The perimeter will slowly be worn away to make some space for the crown. The temporary mold will be attached using weak cement. Your dentist will then inspect the bite to check for any potential issues and make adjustments accordingly.
Upon return, this temporary crown will be detached and the underlying tooth cleaned to make way for the permanent crown. It is essential to get the fit and placement just right.
You will then be taught about the proper care and maintenance of your new dental crowns. Visits to your dentist should be done regularly for checkups and preventive work.