Dental crowns are a cover or “cap” that is placed over a tooth to improve its appearance and function. A crown restores the shape and size, strength of the tooth.
When do you need a Dental Crown?
Some of the reasons you may need a crown:
- To protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a severely worn-down tooth
- To cover a cavity that is too large for a filling
- To make a cosmetic restoration
- Protect the restored tooth after Root Canal Treatment
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Types of Dental Crowns
Permanent Dental Crowns are of several types of materials. These include composite stainless steel, gold, resin, metal alloys, ceramics, or porcelain. Of these porcelain-metal, all resin, or all ceramic provide better natural colour match to blend in with your natural teeth.
To make the crown to look natural and fit comfortably, your dentist has to decide which material to use. The factors include:
- location and function of the tooth
- position of the gum tissue
- the color or shade of the tooth
- also, most importantly your preference
Steps of placing a crown
Placing a crown over a natural tooth usually takes 2 dental visits. This involves several steps:
Firstly, the dentist treats conditions such as decay before preparing the crown. The dentist then prepares the tooth by removing the outer portion so that the crown fits. The dentist may build up the core of the tooth if additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown.
Secondly, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth to provide an exact model for the crown. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, so the permanent crown can be made accordingly. You will get a new temporary crown that protects the tooth until the final crown is ready.
Your second visit will be when the permanent crown is ready. During this visit the dentist removes the temporary crown. The dentist will position the crown in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are happy with how it looks and feels, the new crown is fastened to the tooth using a special adhesive.
Once the procedure is complete, it may take some time before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth. After a while, the crown will look, function, and feel like a regular tooth.