Have you ever had the painful experience of biting down on a rock/pit? If so, you may have developed a compromising crack that extends across your tooth’s chewing surface.
When teeth suffer damage that fillings cannot remedy, dental crowns can be an ideal solution. Crowns work like tooth-shaped caps that completely cover and restore battle-weary teeth to all their former glory and function.
Crowns protect weak, cracked teeth and prevent tooth decay or breakage by acting as a shield. They cover the portion of the tooth that sits above the gumline. There are different types of crowns for teeth including metal alloys, ceramics, zirconia, composite, porcelain fused to metal, and porcelain crowns.
Crowns are a good choice when the tooth has vertical root fractures, craze lines, or requires a root canal. They provide pain relief for any fractures. A full crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth on all sides and restores your oral health. An onlay or ¾ crown only covers part of your natural tooth.
Crowns allow weakened, ground down, or decayed teeth to be
Several steps are involved in placing a dental crown. Don’t worry, your mouth is fully numbed before the dentist gets to work.
First, the dentist removes any decay and files the outer part of the tooth to prepare it so the crown can slide down securely over the damaged tooth. Sometimes the dentist may have to also build the core of the tooth to add structural integrity if needed.
Then the dentist makes an impression of your tooth using a mold or by digitally scanning the surface of the prepared tooth.
Sometimes, a dentist provides a temporary crown for you until your permanent type of dental crown is available. Then the dentist places the new crown by with dental crown glue applied to the chewing surfaces so it will hold securely. After a few finishing touches, you’ll be ready to hit the town sporting your gorgeous new tooth.