Dental crowns, or caps, are hallowed pieces used to restore the shape of natural teeth. It is usually made in a lab, but some clinics can make them on-site too. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth, providing a stable surface for chewing and a restorative solution for misshaped or discoloured teeth. They also protect teeth that have undergone extensive repairs like a root canal, fillings, or fractures.
What materials are used?
There are many kinds of dental crowns. Some are made of gold or gold alloys, while others are made from different metal alloys, ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, composite resin, or a combination of those materials.
What is involved in the process?
Usually, it will take two office visits to place the crown but accommodations can be made to have it done in one day. The area around the tooth is numbed to prepare it for crown placement. It makes it easier for the dentist to shape the tooth surface so that it fits the crown securely. The colour of the tooth is carefully matched and an impression is taken of the tooth to ensure the crown fits perfectly. If your teeth are severely damaged, additional steps will be required so that they can hold a crown. Once the crown is finished, the dentist puts it in place over your natural tooth and adjusts it as needed.
How long will a crown last?
As long as you take care of it properly and practice proper oral care, your crown should last up to 20 years. It is essential to visit your dentist for regular check-ups after you get a crown so that they can ensure it has adapted to your mouth.
Will I need a root canal?
It is not necessary for teeth to undergo a root canal for crown placement; however, all teeth that have undergone a root canal should have a crown placed on them.
Here are some questions only your dentist can answer that you should ask as well:
- Are there other treatment options?
- How much will it cost?
- Which material should I choose?
- How much will dental insurance cover?
- What are the aftercare instructions I should follow?
After having all of these questions answered, you should feel more comfortable about getting crowns. Your oral health will be so much better for it, and you can feel assured that you are getting the right treatment. To book an appointment, call Slipacoff Dental. We look forward to putting a smile on your face that is bright, beautiful, and healthy.