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The When, Why and How of Dental Crowns

The When, Why and How of Dental Crowns

It’s normal to feel apprehensive about any dental procedure, and the installation of dental crowns is no exception. But dental crowns are actually a quick, easy, and effective way to protect vulnerable teeth and restore a beautiful smile.

When a Crown Is the Right Choice

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown as a solution to a whole host of dental issues. One of the most common ways a crown is used is to hold together pieces of a cracked tooth, restoring both the function and appearance of the tooth. Likewise, a crown can be the saving grace for a tooth that may have once been filled but is now worn down or discolored. Crowns can even be used to replace missing teeth.

Why a Crown?

Because crowns are made from high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to a strong metal such as gold or platinum, they are extremely durable and can last up to thirty years. Their strength and durability restore chewing function and relieve pain, giving patients back much-needed quality of life. Additionally, they can be manufactured to a near-perfect color match for your teeth, ensuring that they are undetectable to others.

How Are Crowns Installed?

Though the process of fitting a crown requires more than one visit to your dentist, it is simple and easy. For your first visit, you can expect your dentist to complete a full examination of the tooth, which may require x-rays to determine whether any damage lies in the root. Then, the dentist will administer a numbing agent. One of two possibilities lies ahead: if the tooth in question is intact, the dentist will file it down to prepare it for the crown. If it is cracked or partial, the dentist may need to repair portions of it so that the crown will be properly supported.

Next, your dentist will need to take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding area in order to customize a crown that will fit just right. This can be done with putty or with a digital scanner. Before leaving your first appointment, your dentist will fit your tooth with a temporary crown. It will be made of metal or plastic, and will protect your tooth while you wait on the permanent one.

At your second appointment, your dentist will once again administer a numbing agent. Then, they will simply remove the temporary crown, install the new crown, make any needed adjustments, and cement it in place. Once your crown is in place, you can return to eating and drinking normally, knowing that your teeth are protected from further pain and damage.

 

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