Dental crowns are one of the leading forms of restorative dentistry in the dental world today, with their ability to fix problems, prevent more significant issues from forming and keep a beautiful smile.
What is restorative dentistry?
Many times, our dental patients ask the question, “What do you mean by restorative dentistry?” With so many different dental terms and jargon, it is an excellent question.
Restorative dentistry refers to the focus on the diagnosis of any issues that could lead to disease or tooth loss. This term also includes the treatments and procedures that can be used to take a broken, fractured, problematic tooth and restore it to the point that it is similar to a natural tooth with no issues or problems occurring.
The opposite of restorative dentistry is cosmetic dentistry, which focuses more on the look and appearance of the teeth, not solely their health.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a type of “cap” that is put over a tooth to help in restoring the tooth to its more natural look, shape, feel and color. Having a dental crown can also increase the strength of the natural tooth.
There can be many reasons that a dental crown would be an excellent choice to restore a tooth. One is that a cavity has formed and become too large for a simple filling but does not need to be extracted.
Another common reason is that multiple teeth are missing and the patient needs to have a bridge installed. By using the dental crowns as a holder on each side, the bridge can be connected.
Other reasons include:
- Covering a dental implant
- Fixing a tooth that is cracked, fractured or extremely weak
- Having had a root canal treatment and used in protecting the tooth that was restored
How is a dental crown constructed?
Dental crowns are constructed using different materials, but the primary ones include a metal alloy, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin or a combination of these different materials.
When choosing the best material for your dental crown, your dentist will look at which tooth needs a crown, its placement and teeth around it. Using their knowledge and expertise, they can suggest the best material for your unique situation.
The dental crown placement
Typically completed in two dental visits, this is a brief overview of the process in placing a crown. The procedure is relatively simple, and your dentist will explain each step in more depth before the procedure.
- The dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown (removing portions, ensuring decay is gone, etc.)
- A mold of your tooth will be made
- While waiting for the permanent crown, a temporary one will be worn until the next visit
- Once the permanent crown is ready, the crown will be placed on the tooth and any adjustments will be completed
Have more questions? Contact us today!
Our dental office staff is trained in many forms of restorative dentistry, including dental crowns. We can answer any questions you may have, and schedule a time for a consultation to help know your situation and show you the best options for your teeth and oral health. Contact us today!