Dental crowns are a restorative option used to treat decayed or damaged teeth. They are a type of cap which sits on top of teeth to cover and protect the visible portion. Dental crowns are typically cemented into place after the tooth has been prepared to receive it and they become a permanent fixture in the oral cavity. Conveniently, they function and feel just like natural teeth.
Dental Crowns and Their Uses
Dental crowns have many restorative applications in modern dentistry. They are often used to repair cracked or broken teeth and protect weak teeth from decay. Severely stained teeth and teeth with large fillings are sometimes covered with crowns for support and aesthetic reasons. They are also used to hold dental bridges in place and cover dental implants.
Dental crowns are typically metal, ceramic or porcelain and they all have different uses. For example, metal crowns are usually placed in the back of the oral cavity on molars. They are considered the strongest, but the color does not match other teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns work best near the front of the mouth because they provide the best color match to neighboring teeth.
Placing and Receiving a Dental Crown
Dental Crowns are generally placed in two visits. During the first visit, the dentist will examine and prepare the receiving tooth. A temporary crown may also be placed to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated in a dental laboratory.
On the second visit, the dentist will replace the temporary crown with your new permanent restoration. It will be gently positioned and cemented into place with a special adhesive. It may take a little getting used to, but it will feel natural before you know it.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Since dental crowns feel and function like natural teeth, they are cared for much the same way. Brush and floss at least twice daily to keep teeth and gums healthy. It is important to continue getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings as part of a good oral care routine. If you are dealing with tooth decay or damaged teeth, make an appointment with our team at Brend Dental today. We will help you restore your teeth and your smile.