Many of us have heard of dental crowns before, but what exactly is a crown and why would you need one? First, crowns aren’t something that you should be scared of. Crowns are very common, and the discomfort of receiving a crown is minimal. A dental crown is one of the top ten most common dental procedures performed by dentists. Keep reading to find out what exactly a dental crown is.
Benefits Of Having A Dental Crown
First, let’s cover why you would most likely need to receive a crown. Dental crowns are used to protect a weak tooth that may be breaking apart. This can be caused by lack of dental care or numerous other problems. For example, if there is a large filling that doesn’t leave a lot of the tooth left, the dentist might opt for inserting a dental crown. Some other common reasons include holding dental bridges in place, covering a dental implant, or making a cosmetic modification. No matter the reason, when a crown is placed it fully encases that portion of the tooth and protects it from further breakdown.
There are many different types of dental crowns that your dentist may consider using. First, there are pre-made stainless steel crowns that are created as a temporary fix. This occurs when a more permanent crown is being made from a different material, but the patient needs a quick fix. Metal crowns are a more permanent solution, and they don’t break often. These are typically used for back molars since the color will stand out. A ceramic or porcelain crown provides what you’re looking for if one of your front teeth needs a crown. These are strong and at the same time won’t ruin your smile.
The first step in receiving your crown is having your dentist take a closer look at the tooth in question. The dentist will make sure that no other work needs to be performed first and then you will be anesthetized. The dentist will then file down your tooth to make sure the crown fits nicely. Once the shape is set, the dentist will take a paste and make an impression of the tooth receiving the crown. Once the dentist has the official shape, they will send it to a dental lab where the crown will be made. After waiting a few weeks, your new crown will arrive, and you’ll be all set to have it set in place. You will be given an anesthesia, and the crown will then take its permanent home inside of your mouth.
You now understand how simple crowns are and why you may need one. If you have any questions regarding crowns, we are happy to answer any questions. Contact us today!