Dental crowns are custom-fabricated total restorations made from ceramic material. They cover a tooth entirely and help to treat oral conditions such as cracked, chipped, worn out, or damaged teeth. Along with giving an aesthetic uplift, they also restore the functionality of the teeth and support them structurally.
What are dental crowns used for?
- Crowns can restore teeth that got chipped due to external trauma.
- They can change the shape of naturally misshapen teeth.
- They restore cracked teeth to their original form and structure.
- They can hold a severely fractured tooth intact.
- They help restore a tooth that has faced excessive wear.
- They support a tooth that houses a large filling.
- They serve as a replacement tooth along with dental implants (the visible tooth-like extension in an implant is a ceramic crown).
- They support a dental bridge.
What is the procedure involved in getting a crown?
Getting a dental crown would require no less than two visits to the dentist's office.
Initial screening: During this process, the dentist checks your teeth for any vulnerabilities. In the case of a decayed tooth with a cavity, the cavity is treated before placing the crown. After removing the decay, the tooth is disinfected. A filling is applied if required.
Mold: Fabricating a custom crown would require exact dimensions. Hence, the dentist would take a highly precise mold of your tooth. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where it serves as a reference for fabricating the crown.
Temporary crown: Meanwhile, the dentist would provide you with a temporary crown until the permanent one gets ready. The tooth would be cleaned and prepared by buffing, where a thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth surface to accommodate the crown. The crown is then attached to the tooth with the help of temporary adhesives. The dentist then checks the fit and comfort and evaluates the bite.
Permanent crown: The temporary crown is taken off and the permanent crown is placed. Dental adhesives are used for this purpose. After setting the crown in place, a curing light is used to harden the adhesive so that it firmly attaches to the tooth.
Finishing: The dentist checks the fit and the comfort of the crown. Any changes in the alignment will be made, and the bite will be evaluated to provide an error-free bite.
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