Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Dental Crown

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Dental Crown

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a damaged, cracked, or decayed tooth to restore its shape and appearance. It may be placed over a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment to protect its structure and prevent infection. It can also act as a cosmetic enhancement for the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, chipped, or broken.

The Process for a Dental Crown

You can have your crown completed in just one visit to the dentist’s office. The tooth will be prepared by removing any decay; then impressions will be made of your teeth so a custom crown can be constructed in a dental lab to fit perfectly in your mouth. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the treated tooth to protect it from damage until your final restoration is ready.

Once complete, your dentist will permanently affix the crown to the tooth with a bonding agent. This will create a strong bond that will stay in place for many years! Dental crowns are incredibly strong and built to last for many years to come. Be sure to practice excellent oral health habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to maintain the strength of your new crown. 

Advantages of a Dental Crown

A crown is a cap that fits over your tooth to keep it safe, healthy, and looking beautiful for years to come. A veneer is an alternate option that is less durable but more affordable. Both options are designed to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth while restoring function to your smile.

Your dentist may recommend a crown if you have a large cavity or cracked tooth that needs to be treated. The tooth will be filed down so it will fit inside the new porcelain base, which will look like a natural tooth when finished. A crown can also hold a dental bridge in place, which is a series of artificial teeth that are fused together to fill the gaps left by a missing tooth or teeth.

Some patients choose to get a custom porcelain crown when they have discolored teeth and want to restore their natural color. Cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening are typically not strong enough to completely whiten your teeth, so a dentist may suggest using a porcelain crown to give you your ideal shade. Porcelain crowns are also a good option for protecting a tooth after a root canal procedure. 

Also referred to as caps, crowns are cemented onto an existing tooth to fix a severe decay or a chipped tooth. They are made up of various materials, including stainless steel, gold, ceramic, and porcelain. This material is durable and strong in order to protect the tooth from further damage while also improving its appearance. The most preferred type of material for dental crowns is porcelain, as it not only protects the tooth but also has the ability to match the color of other teeth. Moreover, porcelain crowns can last for about ten years or more. But in some cases, the crown may wear away or fall out.

Visit Rockville Dentistry Plus at 152 Rollins Ave #204 Rockville, MD, or call 240-669-8268 to learn which type of tooth replacement is best for you!

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