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Crowns Procedures, Options & Details

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Dental crowns

Dental crowns, also known as caps, represent a chosen treatment when tooth restoration is needed for extensively damaged teeth. Dr. Hsu at Crystal Lake Dental will typically recommend dental crowns for teeth that have been severely affected by decay or trauma. Crowns may also be recommended for patients who are seeking a dramatic smile enhancement.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a thin cap that covers the visible part of your tooth. In the dental crown procedure, the root is left intact, as it helps to support the new crown. The primary objective of the dental crown is to restore both the’ aesthetic and the function of the tooth. Crowns can be constructed of various materials. Today, the two most popular materials are ceramic and zirconia. But other materials like gold and porcelain combined with metal can also be used to make a dental crown. All of these materials are biocompatible, and each offer different benefits.

When you visit the dental office, the dentist will help you make an informed decision about which material is most suited to your particular case. If the crown will be placed on a tooth that is visible when you smile, the dentist will focus on matching color and shape so that it looks the same as your surrounding teeth.

Why do patients need dental crowns?

A dentist will suggest a crown for the following reasons:

To protect weak teeth from breakage
To restore strength to a dental implant
To protect teeth that have undergone a root canal
To protect and add strength to a tooth following a large cavity filling.
To keep a dental bridge in place
To improve the look of misshapen or discolored teeth
To correct a cosmetic issue

Getting a crown placed

During the initial office visit, the dentist will assess your smile and decide whether or not a dental crown is necessary. Two appointments are usually required to finish this treatment. You can expect the following to happen during the process:

The dentist will numb the area.
Then, he’ll file the tooth to get rid of any infection, and to shape the remaining tooth. A drill is usually used to accomplish this.
Once prepared, the tooth and rest of the teeth will be ready for dental impressions.
After impressions are taken, the crown is made in a dental lab. Because this process can require some time, the dentist will place a temporary crown until it is ready.
When the final crown is ready for placement, it is cemented permanently to the surface of the natural tooth, restoring its original look and strength.

Video 01:00 | A beautiful smile is something everyone wants. If you have a tooth that is not the same size or shape as your other teeth and that needs support, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns are used to help make a tooth stronger, and improve a tooth’s appearance. They are available in a variety of materials that can blend with the shade and shape of your natural teeth. Hear more about how crowns can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth and maintain your beautiful smile.

Caring and maintaining a dental crown

Once the new crown is placed, it’s important for the patient to take care of it as they would their natural teeth. The patient should keep brushing and flossing twice daily in order to keep the teeth and gums healthy and free of plaque.

Regular visits to the dental office are recommended so that professional cleanings can be done. Visits are also strongly suggested so that the dentist can ensure that the margins of the new crown remain clean. Beneath the crown, the patient’s natural tooth structure is still in place. Should the patient neglect to keep the area clean, bacteria can collect on tooth edges and cause decay to develop on the remaining natural tooth. It’s crucial to understand the importance of keeping the crown clean, as this is necessary for the prevention of cavities and to lengthen the lifespan of the restoration.

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