Dental crowns have been available for many years. Unless you specifically request metal, many crowns today are made from porcelain. They are stain resistant and so closely resemble neighboring teeth, it is difficult to tell which teeth have been crowned.
Fully Functional and Aesthetically Beautiful
There are several reasons your dentist may recommend a dental crown:
Fractured tooth – If a tooth should break apart or have a hairline fracture, your dentist can place a crown to save your tooth. Although a patient may want to have a tooth extracted, once a tooth is gone, a myriad of problems can occur. You may resort to chewing using only one side; while this may be okay for the short term, long term you are putting too much stress on those teeth to have to do all the work.
Additionally, the remaining teeth may begin to drift to the open spot creating an issue with your bite and possibly with your appearance. Once a tooth has been removed, if problems should occur, the time and cost to replace a missing tooth far exceed those of receiving a crown.
Severe Decay – If a tooth has been repaired before or if decay is extensive, a dental crown may be recommended to prevent doing further damage to the tooth. In some cases, onlays or inlays may be used.
In both of these instances, the tooth being treated with a crown is stronger and protected from further damage. It is important to note that although the crowned tooth itself is no longer susceptible to decay, the gingiva can still be impacted, so flossing around a crowned tooth is imperative to your oral health.
The Dental Crown Process
Once the need has been determined, the area is anesthetized and prepped by removing enough tooth structure to cement the crown in place.
An impression is then taken and sent to the dental lab, and a temporary is placed to protect the base until the permanent crown can be affixed. Once the crown is ready, your dentist will try it in for fit and appearance. If adjustments are needed, they can be completed at this time. When correct, the crown will be polished and bonded into place.
Your tooth will be strong and protected, will look fabulous, and allow you to enjoy full functionality. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact our team at A Smile Above.