What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap or a cover that a dentist places over your affected tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the size, shape, and function of your tooth. Its placement not just makes your tooth stronger but also improves the overall appearance.
Why Do You Need a Dental Crown?
You may need a dental crown for a variety of reasons, such as:
- The cavity in your tooth is too large to fill.
- Your tooth is worn down, cracked or weakened.
- You have undergone a root canal procedure – the crown protects your restored tooth.
- Your tooth is irregularly shaped, or your teeth are discolored, which you want to cover to enhance your smile
- You have a dental implant.
Common Materials Used for Making a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are manufactured from a variety of materials. Commonly used materials are alloy, porcelain, composite resin, or porcelain combined with metal. While making the crown, the dentist matches the color of the material with that of your natural teeth. There are various factors that your dentist considers when selecting the material for your dental crown to ensure that it fits comfortably and appears natural after the placement.
- Location and function of your tooth
- Gum tissue position
- Your preferences
- Your natural teeth’s shade or color
- The extent to which the tooth becomes visible while smiling
Steps Followed for Dental Crown Placement
Usually, you need to pay two visits to the dentist for completing the procedure. The following steps are involved in placing the crown over your natural tooth:
- Examination and preparation of your tooth: Dentist examines the condition of your tooth and removes its outer part to make room for the crown. If your tooth needs additional treatment or structure, the dentist makes the necessary adjustments.
- Crown Impression: Your dentist takes the dental crown impression by using a mold or through a digital scanning technique.
- Preparation of a temporary crown: The manufacturing of a permanent crown may take up to 2 weeks. Meanwhile, your dentist provides you with a temporary crown. During this period, your teeth may become hot and cold sensitive, and you should avoid sticky foods and chewing gum.
- Placement of the permanent crown: When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist puts it over your tooth and makes adjustments for a perfect fit. The dental crown appears just like your natural tooth.
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