Dental crowns are prosthetic covers in the shape of a tooth fixed permanently to the decaying or damaged teeth to restore their standard form, size, and function. As they replace the ‘heads’ healthy teeth, they are called as crowns or caps. They are also used to cover weakened, cracked, discolored or poorly shaped teeth.
Crowns are also used on teeth following root canal treatment as after the procedure, the tooth becomes fragile and needs to be protected. Crowns are made up of very resistant and durable materials like stainless steel, ceramic, metals, and porcelain fused to metal.
How are dental crowns placed?
Initially, the dentist performs an x-ray to examine the condition of the damaged tooth and its surrounding bone structure; if the damage is moderate, the tooth and surrounding gums are anesthetized, following which the dentist reshapes the tooth on the top and the sides for the crown to fit.
After preparing the tooth, the impressions are taken on dental paste or putty to make an exact model for the crown. Digital scanning can also be used for the same. Then, a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown gets ready. During this time, the tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold; therefore, such food is to be avoided. During the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented to the tooth.
Benefits of dental crowns
- A damaged or decaying tooth poses a threat to the underlying roots. The crown helps by protecting the vulnerable part of the tooth by shielding it from further damage.
- It restores and maintains the proper structure and integrity of the tooth so that you can bite and chew properly.
- It is indistinguishable from normal teeth, so it normalizes the appearance of your mouth.
- Crown can cover an unusually shaped or stained tooth, which increases the self-confidence.
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