Dental crowns are one common form of restorative dentistry. Crowns can be used to help restore teeth that are worn down from trauma, decay, or infection. They can also be used to correct discolored or unsightly teeth.
What are dental crowns used for?
Dental crowns are used for a wide variety of oral corrections. They can help restore the look and function of a tooth that has broken down or fractured because of decay. They improve the overall look and structural stability of a tooth. They help protect weakened teeth and can also be used to hold a dental bridge into place.
For strictly cosmetic purposes, a dental crown can also be used to cover up misshapen, discolored, or deformed teeth. The cosmetic modification is one of the most popular uses of a dental crown.
How is a dental crown placed?
Placing dental crown generally requires more than one visit to the dentist. The first visit will be spent analyzing the area and making sure it is fit for a dental crown. Your dentist may need to reshape the remainder of your tooth in preparation for crown placement. If the tooth is already too worn down, they may need to fill it in to make sure it can successfully receive the crown.
Next, your dentist will take a scan of your remaining teeth. These impressions will be sent away to a lab and used to fabricate a crown. During your first visit, a temporary crown will be used as a placeholder until your permanent crown is ready for installation.
During the second visit, the permanent crown will be placed and bonded to your tooth with a special dental adhesive. The crown may be slightly uncomfortable at first, but you should adjust to it rather quickly. Once it is successfully placed, it will begin to look, act, and function just like a regular tooth.
If you believe that you could benefit from a dental crown, give us a call today. There are many different options for teeth restoration and replacement, and together we can decide if a dental crown is the right course of action for you.