Dental crowns are unique dental restorations that are beneficial in a number of restorative treatments. Also called caps, dental crowns fit on top of your existing teeth or are placed over a dental implant. In most cases, a dental crown is made of porcelain because porcelain is non-porous and strong. Porcelain is also stain resistant, like tooth enamel, and it reflects as much light as the natural tooth, making it look just like a real tooth.
The Importance of a Crown
When a crown is placed, it becomes an extremely important part of the structure of the tooth. Not only does it reinforce a tooth that is damaged, or that has undergone a root canal, it is also the part of the tooth that other people can see.
Due to the different types of teeth in a person’s mouth, there are crowns with various shapes and surfaces that are selected based on the tooth it is being placed on.
While dental crowns are always used after a root canal, in situations of extreme decay where a filling is necessary, they may also be needed. If the filling needed is extremely large, placing it may create a situation where the tooth may crack. However, when a crown is used, it prevents this type of damage from taking place. In fact, the crown can actually help to protect the interior of the tooth from bacteria, while providing strength and stability to the exterior of the tooth.
Placement of a Dental Crown
If the dental crown is being placed over your natural tooth, then the tooth has to be prepared so that the crown fits securely. In most cases, this is done in two steps.
Step one is to numb the area that is being treated with a local anesthetic. At this point, the tooth is going to be reshaped by the dentist shaving it to remove enough to allow the crown to sit evenly with the rest of your teeth. Once the process is complete, your dentist will make an impression of the teeth, which is used for the creation of a dental crown. A temporary crown is used to protect and seal the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Once the permanent crown is in place, it should be cared for just like your other, natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss the crown regularly, and if any issues arise, contact your dentist. From time to time a crown may become loose or damaged, in which case it may have to be replaced. However, when cared for properly, most crowns can last for 10 years or more.
If you have a tooth that is damaged or believe that a you are in need of a dental crown, call us at 1st Family Dental today to set up an appointment. We are ready to help you get the smile that you deserve.
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