Teeth damage can happen due to various reasons like oral injury or decay. As a result, the teeth lose their shape or may get chipped. Dental crowns are used to cover and restore tooth contour, size, and strength, improving its appearance and functionality. Crowns don’t require any special care and are the best option when fillings don’t solve the problem.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over your teeth to cover and restore their size, shape, and appearance. They are bonded to your teeth and cover the visible portion of teeth. It lies at and above the gum line, enhancing the strength of the tooth. Compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, dental crowns have a better success rate and last for several years without major concerns. Their durability makes them a perfect long-term option for tooth decay. Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including porcelain fused to metal, metal, resin, or tooth-colored ceramic.
What is the Need for a Dental Crown?
The purpose of a dental crown is to restore the strength and functionality of damaged teeth and provide shape and size to damaged and decayed teeth, improving the overall appearance of your smile. You may need a dental crown due to various reasons, such as:
- To avoid tooth decay
- To cover discolored teeth
- To reinstate a damaged or broken tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant or a root canal treated tooth
- To offer support to a tooth with a large filling
- To make cosmetic dental modifications, like reshaping teeth
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
If you plan to get a crown for your damaged tooth, you would usually require at least two visits to the dentist.
First Visit: Examining and Preparing the Tooth
During your first visit to the dentist, we will discuss the best available crown options depending on your bite, gum tissues, and severity of the oral condition. After determining the one for you, your dentist trims down your damaged tooth to make room for the crown to fit in. We will then take an impression of your trimmed tooth, which is sent to a dental lab for your crown preparation. Until then, the dentist may place a temporary crown.
Second Visit: Placement of the Permanent Crown
During your second visit, the dentist will remove that temporary crown and fit the permanent crown on your damaged tooth. Once its contour and size are confirmed, we will etch the surface of the tooth and prepare it for restoration. Dental adhesives will be used for the bonding process. Now, your damaged tooth with a new crown can function just like a natural tooth.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Chesterfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Hawatmeh. Please call us at (314) 576-4462 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.