Dental crowns can effectively restore and protect when you have a damaged, decayed, or weakened tooth. They are designed to fit over your natural tooth, so they look and feel like one of your teeth. Waterford crowns are also used after a root canal to protect the remaining tooth.
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What happens when you meet a dentist for a crown?
After an exam and x-rays, your dentist decides what crown is needed. Depending on the type of material you choose, impressions will be taken to create the permanent crown, or a temporary one will be used while the permanent one is made in a lab. When the permanent one arrives, it will be cemented into place during a second visit.
You will be given local anesthesia during the procedure to keep you comfortable. It will not take long to fit the crown and make sure it fits properly. You may experience some sensitivity during the first few days after your procedure, but this should subside quickly.
Your dentist will go over how to care for your new crown and how often you should visit for check-ups. Your crown can last up to 15 years or more with proper care.
Dental crowns are made from different materials, such as:
- Porcelain or ceramic: The color of this material is designed to resemble that of your natural teeth.
- Gold alloy: This is the strongest material, and its gold color makes it visible when you smile or talk.
- Base metal alloy: This material is also strong and durable but doesn’t show as much in your mouth.
- Porcelain fused to metal: This material offers strength and a natural look.
Choosing the right dental crown depends on your individual needs and budget. Your dentist can help you decide which type is best for you.
Reasons to get dental crowns
These are some of the reasons:
To repair a cracked or broken tooth
When you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental crown can help protect it from further damage. A crown will also strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance. All you need is a consultation with your dentist, who can let you know what type of crown is best for you.
To restore a large filling
When you have a large cavity, a dental crown can help protect the weakened tooth by encasing it in a strong material. This will give your tooth greater strength and stability to last longer. Depending on your needs, cavities can be filled with composite resin or porcelain.
To protect a tooth after a root canal
A dental crown is often used to restore and protect teeth that have had a root canal. This helps reduce the risk of infection or further damage while also helping to strengthen the structure of the tooth.
To replace a missing tooth
Dental crowns are sometimes used to replace a missing tooth connected to a bridge or as part of an implant. This helps maintain the structure of your mouth and prevent further damage to your teeth.
To make your smile more aesthetically pleasing
A crown can help your smile look better if your teeth are crooked, discolored, or stained. Porcelain crowns are created to fit in with your natural smile by being manufactured to match the color and shape of your existing teeth.
No matter what reason you choose to get dental crowns, it is advisable to visit your qualified dentist at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center.