Monday, October 12, 2015

What Is A Dental Crown?

Crowns are placed on a tooth for many different reasons, they are used as a protective capping mechanism around an original prepped tooth. The purpose for this is to strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth and give it back its original form. There are many materials that a crown can be made out of, porcelain or ceramic and gold alloys or non-precious alloys are just a few. Some materials are stronger than others and are more aesthetically pleasing so its best to discuss which material is best for you by discussing it with your dentist.

The process of prepping and placing a crown is a very tedious process, but that is expected when making a great crown. The existing crown or filling is removed and any present decay is cleaned out. The tooth is then prepped by the dentist, a shade and material is chosen and an impression or scan is taken and sent to the lab. The lab will then create your crown based on those things and will be delivered in a couple of weeks, and at that time you will wear a temporary crown until the final one is delivered. You will then come back to your designated office and they will remove your temporary crown, clean off any excess cement or debris and permanently cement your crown.

Now that your crown is cemented it is imperative that you take care of it properly. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing is very important, To prevent damaging the crown and ensuring that it lasts a long time try to avoid chewing hard foods or ice and keeping up with your regular cleanings.

Your finished crown should blend in with your natural teeth and should go unnoticed.  The bite and shape of the tooth should be comfortable and there should be no issues.

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