Dental Crowns: Everything You Need to Know

Dental Crowns: Everything You Need to Know

Jan 28, 2022

Do you have a stubborn tooth that’s bothering you? Thanks to restorative dentistry, you don’t have to extract the tooth to end the discomfort. Dental veneers, fillings, and dental crowns are among the most common procedures for repairing a damaged tooth. Dental Fillings and veneers are ideal for minor to average tooth damage. Dental crowns are superior for significant damage.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a dental cap placed on a damaged tooth to repair the damage. A crown restores a tooth’s structure. A combination of metals, ceramics, porcelain, and resin makes up a crown.

The dental crowns procedure is straightforward. You should begin by visiting a dental crown office near you for a consultation. The dentist will inspect your tooth and determine whether a dental crown is an ideal solution. If you’re eligible for a crown, the dentist will make a treatment plan and get you scheduled. If you’re not eligible, the dentist will offer alternative treatments.

The dentist will prepare the damaged tooth for the crown at your next meeting. They trim down a part of the tooth’s enamel to allow the crown to fit perfectly. Next, the dentist takes impressions and images of your mouth and the prepared tooth. The dental lab creates the customized crown. If the dentist has the technology to make same-day crowns, the crown is made and cemented on the same appointment.

The dentist will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth for protection. Once the customized crown is ready, you’ll have the crown fitting procedure. The dentist will use a stronger dental cement to place the customized crown. The dentist also removes excess cement and polishes the crown to ensure an aesthetically pleasing smile.

Why is a dental crown needed?

There are many reasons for getting a dental crown. These include:

  • Tooth decay

Tooth decay or cavities tend to weaken a tooth. A tooth can easily crack, chip, break, or even fall out. A dental crown restores and strengthens the tooth’s structure. If the tooth is severely damaged and unable to support a crown, the dentist may suggest doing an extraction.

  • A cracked, chipped, broken, or worn-out tooth

If a tooth is cracks, breaks, or wears out, it becomes vulnerable to infections and tooth decay. Similarly, a damaged tooth can affect your smile and might not provide the necessary support for oral functions such as chewing. If you do not repair the tooth, the damage will spread further and lead to extraction.

  • Tooth stains and discoloration

Do you have stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments? A dental crown is your last hope. A crown hides or covers any stains, yellowing, and discoloration. A crown resists stains better than the tooth’s enamel, giving you a natural and long-lasting smile.

  • To support an implant.

Your dentist will likely recommend getting a dental implant when you’re missing a tooth. An implant consists of titanium screws attached to the jawbone of the missing tooth. Once the implant heals, a dental crown offers more support and protection.

  • After a root canal

Is your tooth severely decayed? If so, you could benefit from root canal therapy. A root canal seeks to remove decayed tissues and bacterial infection from the tooth’s pulp. While this is necessary to save the tooth, the tooth weakens. The tooth fills, and the dentist places a dental crown. The crown also reduces the risk of bacteria re-infection in the tooth.

  • To support a dental bridge

Dental crowns support or hold a dental bridge in place. They are attached to the healthy teeth or tooth, next to the empty socket.

  • To cover a large filling

If you have had lots of cavities or large cavities, your tooth is vulnerable to breaking, infection, and other damages. A crown strengthens and protects the tooth against further damage, giving it a solid structure.

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Are you interested in dental crowns services? Contact Randolph Dental Group for more information.

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