Dental crowns are cap-like restorations placed over a tooth by your dentist to make sure that it restores to its ideal size, shape, and functionality. It is an artificial restoration added on to a broken, cracked, chipped, misshapen, or badly worn out tooth, thereby restoring it to its original state.
Advantages of dental crowns
- Dental crowns are used to cover broken and cracked teeth.
- Dental crowns protect your tooth from decaying and cavities by acting as a shield.
- If a person undergoes a root canal therapy, it is advised to get a dental crown to restore it.
- A person who gets a dental implant would be fitted with a crown to restore the visible tooth structure.
- It allows them to bite and chew food without the hassle.
- If a person is suffering from cosmetic dental issues such as misshapen, chipped, or excessively spaced teeth, a crown is one of the best options to restore their happy smile.
Procedure for getting a dental crown
- Initially, the dentist will have to examine the tooth. Factors such as decay, damage, excessive spaces, cracks, chipping, etc. will be taken into account.
- Once the candidacy is confirmed, the dentist would start the procedure by numbing the tooth and the gum tissues using local anesthesia.
- In order to make the impression of the tooth, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from around it to make space for the crown. In some cases, the dentist may reduce the size of the tooth to add the crown on its surface.
- A highly-precise digital mold of the tooth will be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the crown.
- The mold is then sent to the dental lab so that the crown can be fabricated with close attention to detail. Till then, the dentist may place a temporary crown in its place.
- The temporary crown will be removed, after which the teeth will be cleaned.
- The dentist would then place the permanent crown on the tooth and check if it matches the shape and size of the adjoining teeth.
- Once the crown fits perfectly over the tooth, it will be bonded with the help of dental adhesives. It may be polished to enhance aesthetics.
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