Dental crowns are customized dental caps that cover and protect an original tooth that has been damaged or decayed. With the latest advances in dental technology, modern crowns are stronger and more natural-looking than ever, and if they are taken good care of, they can last for the rest of your life.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown can be best defined as a cap wrapped around an existing tooth to provide additional support, enhanced strength, and an armor-like shield. Crowns are predominantly used in cases where the tooth has been damaged but not beyond repair. This affected tooth can be saved by adding a customized tooth-shaped cover. The crowns can be made from various materials such as acrylic resin, porcelain, gold, or composite material.
What can be expected during the procedure for a Crown?
The procedure for the fitting of a dental crown typically requires two dental appointments. In the first appointment, the foundation for the permanent crown is laid. The dentist will first numb the affected tooth and extract the decayed pieces around it. The tooth is sculpted and prepared in order to be able to receive the permanent crown. The impressions of the tooth are taken either as a digital image or mold so that they can be used to manufacture the customized crown. A temporary crown made of acrylic resin protects the tooth while the crown is being fabricated.
Once the customized crown has been manufactured and returned to the dentist's office, you will be required to visit the clinic and have them fitted. The temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown is secured on the affected tooth.
What are the principal advantages of a Dental Crown?
- A dental crown can help salvage a severely damaged tooth. Tooth decay, trauma, and stress can inflict damage to the outer tooth. A crown will reinforce the tooth and make it as strong as a healthy tooth and help it regain full functionality.
- They safeguard a dead tooth from deteriorating further. An infection of the tooth pulp does not go away on its own; it causes the deterioration of the inner tooth. The infection is treated by performing a root canal, and the tooth is strengthened with the assistance of a crown. A dead tooth, especially a molar, needs a crown to keep it from breaking into pieces.
- A crown provides the best protection for a tooth with a history of tooth decay. A tooth that has been treated for tooth decay several times in the past is an ideal candidate for a dental crown. The cap will protect the entire tooth and act as a shield between the vulnerable tooth and the rest of the mouth. The crown will prevent harmful bacteria, acids, sugars, and starch from coming into contact with the tooth.
- Dental caps can help rectify the defects in your teeth. They conceal the chipped, crooked, and stained teeth.
- The dental crowns are primarily permanent. They are strong and durable and even outperform the veneers and dental bonding.
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