As the name suggests, a dental crown is a “cap” shaped like a tooth that is placed over one’s tooth, to cover it up. This is typically done to restore the size, shape and strength of your pearly white teeth and of course, enhance the way they look. Crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, resin and stainless steel (crowns for cosmetic reasons are made of porcelain or ceramic).
A dentist will advise you to undergo a dental crown procedure if a) you have a weak tooth that needs to be firmly put back in place; b) you have a tooth that is very discolored; or c) you have a cosmetic need for it.
When a dental crown is cemented into place, it completely encases the whole visible portion of your tooth/teeth at that point as well as the area above the gum line.
The procedure for fixing a dental crown usually requires two separate visits to the dentist. When you go for your first appointment, the dentist will examine the tooth or the teeth to be sure that it can support a crown. Once this is confirmed; the dentist will begin filing accordingly to prepare the tooth for the crown fixture. On the other hand, if your tooth is broken or severely damaged, your dentist will inform you of the need to fill it in to create a surface area that is big enough to receive the crown correctly.
Once the necessary filing and filling has been done to achieve the desired shape, your practitioner will take an impression of that particular tooth, as well as the teeth surrounding it. This goes to a lab where the permanent crown will now be made. Until this is made, your tooth will be given a temporary crown for protection.
When the dentist fits your tooth with a permanent crown, you may take some time to get used to it.This doesn’t take a long time at all and you can resume eating, brushing and flossing like normal pretty quickly.
Make an appointment with the city’s best dentists through the S10 Health SafeCare Network and get your concerns addressed without delay.