A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Once cemented in place, the crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
There are a few reasons that we may recommend that you undergo a dental crown procedure. The following is a list of when a dental crown is needed:
- To protect a weak tooth that may be decaying from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
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Several types of crowns that can be used, include ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel (cosmetic crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic). According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are pros and cons for each type so you should have your us make a recommendation on which is best for your tooth.
The procedure for installing a dental crown usually takes two separate dental visits. At your first appointment in preparation for a crown, we will examine the tooth to make sure that it can support a crown. This may involve taking a few x-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and bone surrounding it. If the tooth is severely damaged or broken, we may need to perform a root canal treatment.
Before the process of making a crown begins, your dentist will anesthetize the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. After this the tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown used (all-metal crowns are thinner and require less tooth structure removal than all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal ones). But if a large area of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, your dentist will use filling material to “build up” the tooth to support the crown.
After the tooth is filed or filled to the proper shape, we will take an impression of the tooth and those surrounding it, and send it to a dental lab so the permanent crown can be made. By the end of this first visit, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed.
Once the permanent crown is ready, you will have your second visit. At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed, after which the dentist will position and fasten the new crown to the tooth with a special adhesive.
Once your dental crown procedure is complete, it may take some time before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth. However, the crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth after a few days. If you have any questions about your crown after your procedure, be sure to call us at McRae Dental in Athens, GA.