Did your dentist inform you that you need a dental crown? Some individuals likely have no idea what a dental crown is or the purpose for the crown.
Learn what a dental crown is and why you may need one.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are potentially necessary to improve both function and appearance as well as to improve your overall oral health. The American Dental Association explains that a dental crown helps strengthen a tooth that has a large filling when there is no longer enough natural tooth left to hold a filling.
Dentists also apply dental crowns in event of a weak tooth to prevent breakage or to restore an already broken tooth. Additionally, dentists use crowns to attach a bridge or to restore the natural appearance of badly shaped teeth.
What is a dental crown?
The best crown for you depends on your specific situation. Dental crowns are made of resin, porcelain, ceramic or stainless steel. Of these, ceramic and porcelain are the most commonly used for cosmetic purposes.
Colgate indicates that a dental crown procedure usually takes two visits to the dentist and further explains the procedure.
What is the procedure for dental crowns?
When you go to your first visit, the dentist examines each tooth in need of a dental crown. This is to determine whether the tooth is capable of supporting the dental crown. Sometimes a dentist first fills in the tooth so that it can properly receive the crown.
The dentist or practitioner takes impressions to ensure proper size, shape and fit of your crown. The impressions go to the lab where professionals make your crown. You likely wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
At your second visit, the dentist seats the permanent crown in place with special adhesive to hold it in place. After a little getting used to, you likely notice that your crown looks and feels and functions like a normal tooth.