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What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns (ceramic and porcelain) are placed over a tooth, usually in a tooth shape, to cover and restore the shape, size, and form of the affected tooth.

As mentioned, there are a lot of types of dental crowns. The most frequently used dental crowns are ceramic and porcelain because they provide a natural coloring and look to your teeth. The other types of dental crowns are metal, stainless steel, resin, temporary to permanent, and porcelain fused to metal.

Metal dental crowns comprise alloys that have gold, platinum, or cobalt-chromium, or nickel-chromium. Metal crowns are best used to a remote part of the teeth like molars. Stainless steel dental crowns are commonly used for children, although the procedure to use this type of crown is the same as temporary to permanent dental crowns. Resin dental crowns are less expensive than other dental crowns, but it quickly wears off and prone to fractures. Meanwhile, temporary to permanent dental crowns are provided by your dentists. These are commonly used if they don’t have available permanent dental crowns. While porcelain fused to metal dental crowns work the same as porcelain and ceramic dental crowns. Still, the difference is that there is a metal on the crown where the porcelain is fused.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dentists will indeed explain to you the benefits of having dental crowns. Dental crowns are known for restoration. This is because dental crowns support the tooth are worn away caused by cavities. Dental crowns are also known to protect and cover teeth as well as surrounding a tooth implant. Furthermore, it protects the tooth when you have your root canal treatment. Aside from this, having a dental crown will improve the appearance and look good as you flaunt your smile to people. It is also solid and durable as it lasts 5 to 15 years. Lastly, dental crowns are suitable for replacements for missing teeth.

Who Is It for?

Anybody who has a decaying or damaged tooth may be able to provide services like dental crowns (ceramic and porcelain) provided that your dentist strongly advises the treatment.

The Procedure

First, your dentist will let you have an X-ray to see the damage and the severity of the decay in your tooth. The dentist will also check the root of your tooth and its surrounding bone. The dentist will decide if you will forego a root canal treatment if there is a risk of infection in the tooth’s pulp. If you don’t have this, don’t worry! You will now proceed to the next step.

The dentist will have you inject with anesthesia to let you feel numb and avoid feeling the pain. The dentist will also put anesthesia into your gum. Then, the dentist will put a temporary crown on your tooth. The height will depend on your tooth size and shape. Don’t worry, as your dentist has a lot of available crowns for different sizes. The crown will also take the form of your tooth, and the amount of height that the crown will use will depend on how severe the decay on your tooth is. Next, the dentist will use a paste to have an impression on your tooth. The dentist will use a scanner here. The scanner will take note of the appearances of the teeth. Then, these impressions that will be printed on paper will be sent to a dental laboratory. Worry not, as the crown and the impressions will be sent back to you by the dentist on your second visit.

For the second visit, the dentist will check the crown if it fits your tooth. Once everything is settled, the dentist will put anesthesia for you to feel numb. Then, the new permanent crown is in place.



The Healing

When you have your temporary crown, the dentist will advise you to be cautious when eating. These include avoiding chewing gums and hard foods. Last, the dentist will also recommend you transfer the bulk when eating food to the other side of your mouth.

Having a dental crown may be scary, but this type of dental treatment will help you gain confidence. This procedure will avoid the further destruction of your tooth by cavities that causes tooth decay. What are you waiting for? Consult your dentist now.