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According to the American College of Prosthodontists, millions of people visit the dentist to get dental crowns to repair teeth or replace missing teeth. Despite the popularity of the procedure, not many people understand the concept and use of dental crowns. In fact, some patients get flustered at the thought of getting a crown restoration.

Dental crowns should not be a reason to worry. They play a crucial role in restoring tooth functions and appearance. Best of all, the procedure is easy and straightforward. This article focuses on everything you should know about dental crowns.

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What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are artificial restorations that give a damaged tooth its original size and shape. They fuse permanently to a cracked, severely decayed or damaged tooth. While they can sometimes reach as far down as the root surface, crowns are mostly created to simulate the outer area of the tooth. This is where the name crown comes from since most sit on top of the tooth.

After a dentist installs the crown, it fully encompasses the part of the damaged tooth that lies above the gum line. This prevents bacteria and other damaging agents from affecting the tooth.

When do dentists recommend dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be useful in several dental procedures for specific purposes. They can fortify a fragile tooth, repair a broken tooth and prevent further damage to a fractured tooth. Also, crowns can strengthen a tooth with large fillings. Another type of dental crown serves to hold dental bridges in position. In each situation, the crown aids or replaces a structure that can no longer work independently.

If a tooth is severely damaged, broken, fractured or injured, dental crowns are the best restoration option. They help to restore the shape, look and alignment of the injured tooth. Once the crown is cemented, it is the only visible tooth structure. Crowns are usually designed to look like the natural teeth to ensure they do not appear awkward or odd in the mouth. The dentist will work to match the color of the crown to the surrounding teeth.

In many situations, a patient may need a dental crown after undergoing a root canal procedure. Since the infected tooth has suffered severe internal and external damage, placing a dental crown is necessary to restore the shape and size of the tooth. It also strengthens it against additional damage.

If you undergo a dental implant procedure after losing a tooth, a dental crown will be required to cover the implant. This type of crown will act as a natural tooth.

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns are fitted over the tooth to shield the structure beneath it. Once they are affixed and cemented, they function as the new cover for the tooth. They work by keeping the structure intact and preventing breakage. The materials used for making crowns are sturdy and durable. They have the resilience to endure the force and pressure of chewing and are just as effective as the other healthy teeth.

Installing the dental crowns

When you visit the dentist’s office for the crown placement, they will keep you comfortable first before numbing the affected tooth and the surrounding gum with local anesthesia.

Using a dental drill and abrasive, the dental professional will scrape the outer layer of the tooth on the top and the sides to create adequate space for the new crown. If the tooth does not have enough structure left to support the crown, a crown buildup will be used to develop a strong foundation for the addition.

After completing the process, the dentist will create an impression of the tooth with a paste or a digital scanner. The impression will be forwarded to the dental lab that will create the crown. Before you leave, the dentist will fix a temporary crown on the tooth to protect your teeth ahead of the creation of the permanent crown.

Different options of dental crown material exist, including porcelain, ceramic, resin and stainless level. However, dentists only use porcelain and ceramic for cosmetic crowns. Each of these materials has its advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and suggest which would be the most suitable for your tooth.

You may need to wait about two or three weeks before getting the crown from the dental lab. When the crown is ready, you will need to go for your second dental appointment. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, and the new prosthetic crown will be adjusted to fit the tooth and bite correctly. Using a dental cement, the dentist will bond the crown to the tooth and proceed to cure it with a special light. When the cement hardens, the crown is ready for use.

After completing the dental crown procedure, it may take a while to get used to having the new prosthetic in your mouth. After a while, the crown will start to feel, function, and look like a normal tooth.

The importance of dental crowns

Crowns help to restore the strength, shape, size, functionality and appearance of damaged teeth. After the dentist completes the procedure, you will be able to enjoy things that your damaged tooth had limited. This means you can eat your favorite foods or smile without any worry.

Also, crowns are vital for restoring and preserving the structural integrity of your oral cavity and bite. When a tooth is lost due to breakage or decay, space is created. The space can cause additional issues when it affects the bite or when other teeth start shifting. In the worst cases, missing teeth can alter the appearance of your face. Crowns help to fill that gap and restore the normal structure of the mouth.

The crown can also be used as a cosmetic restoration for a severely discolored tooth, thus restoring its normal appearance.

Are you considering getting a dental crown?

If you have a bothersome tooth or need a root canal, then your dentist may suggest a dental crown. Not only will it protect your tooth, but it can also improve your smile. If you would like to see a dentist to learn more, then call our office.