A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. It serves multiple purposes, including restoring the shape and size of a tooth, improving its appearance, and providing strength and protection.
The process of getting a dental crown is a relatively straightforward procedure that can greatly improve the appearance and function of your teeth. It typically involves several steps, starting with an initial consultation with your dentist. During this consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental crown. They will also discuss the different types of crowns available and help you choose the best option for your needs.
Once you have made the decision to proceed with a dental crown, the next step is preparing the tooth. This involves removing any decay or damage from the tooth and shaping it to accommodate the crown. In some cases, additional filing may be necessary to ensure a proper fit. After preparing the tooth, your dentist will take impressions of both the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth. These impressions are used by a dental lab to create a custom-made crown that matches your natural teeth in shape and color.
While waiting for your permanent crown to be created, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. This temporary crown is usually made from acrylic or stainless steel and provides temporary protection until your permanent one is ready. Once your permanent crown has been fabricated – which typically takes about two weeks – you'll return to see your dentist for its placement. The fit and appearance of the new crown will be checked before it's permanently cemented into place using a special dental adhesive.
Dental crowns are not only a solution for damaged or decayed teeth but also offer a range of advantages that can enhance your smile and improve oral health. Here are some key benefits:
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