What are dental crown procedures and when are they usually recommended?
What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
Do these questions sound familiar? If you have been looking forward to dental crown procedures, at some point one or both of these questions may have crossed your mind.
We’re going to answer some common questions about dental crown procedures over the course of this blog in an attempt to give some of you a clearer sense of what to expect if and when you go in for one.
Crown and Bridge
Simply put, a crown is a fixture placed over your tooth. It fits over the tooth like a cover or cap. This prevents further damage and decay. It also restores tooth function to a degree. A bridge is basically a dental fixture shaped identical to the missing tooth that it is replacing. It is fitted by attaching the two ends to the teeth on either side of the gap. This also restores functionality.
When Do I Get A Crown?
A crown may be more suitable in the following situations:
- If you have a weak or damaged tooth
- If you have a tooth that is partially decayed
- If you need to use teeth to support a bridge
- If you have a tooth that is permanently stained or discolored and want to cover it up
- Other cosmetic purposes
What Kinds Of Crowns Are There?
Crowns can be made out of a number of materials. The final choice really is about what works for you and what you prefer. Materials and types include:
- Stainless Steel
- Gold (if that is what you’re into)
Different materials come with different advantages. They are also cared for differently. The most ideal and commonly used cosmetic ones include ceramic or porcelain crowns. Make sure you consult with your dentist before making a final decision.
How Is It Done?
All in all the procedure is done in two parts. It breaks down something like this:
Your existing teeth will be examined, the one you wish to crown in particular. This is to see if your tooth can support the fitting of a crown to begin with.
The dentist will proceed to file your tooth to a size and shape that is supportive of crown fixture.
At times as opposed to being filed, the tooth needs to be filled to get it shaped right. This is so it is big enough for the crown to fit snugly. Filling is usually done if teeth are in very poor condition.
Following the filling or filing, the dentist takes an imprint of the tooth and gum structure. This is sent to a dental lab for construction of a properly fitting and scaled crown.
Placement of Temp
A temporary crown is fitted to help protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready for fixture.
This happens once your permanent crown is ready. This visit simply entails removal of the temp and fitting of the permanent crown. This is done with the help of a dental adhesive.
It might take a bit to adjust to the feeling of your new crown. This being said, post your adjustment period; the crown restores both tooth functionality and aesthetic appeal! A qualified and experienced dentist will be able to answer any other questions you might have with regard to crown placement and aftercare!
Bethesda Dental Health is a well known family dental practice offering clients a full range of surgical and non-surgical dental procedures, prioritizing privacy, client health and comfort.