Dental Crown Procedure
Pearly white crowns brighten your smile and boost your confidence. The crown is the visible aspect of the teeth superior to the gum. It is covered by enamel. Artificial crowns, also known as caps, can be fitted for eroded, cracked, or chipped teeth. They are also used on severely discolored teeth. Crowns can be fitted for aesthetic purposes. They can be used to restore worn and unsightly crowns. This is done at Atlantic Dentistry. Dental caps also serve to restore the shape, size, length, strength, and durability of a damaged or decayed tooth.
What Are the Different Types of Crowns?
There are different types of dental crowns, and each has its distinct properties. Dental crowns can either be gold, stainless steel, resin, zirconia, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or porcelain-fused-to-zirconia. The last two types mentioned possess the combined properties of the two materials used individually. It combines the materials to build one crown. Porcelain crowns are cheap, and they give a more natural look. However, they are more breakable than other types of crowns. Stainless steel crowns are used on permanent teeth for protection. They are also particularly used on baby teeth. Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium, an element that has similar properties to titanium. They are also strong, and they provide good aesthetics. Out of all the dental crowns, gold crowns are the most durable and expensive as well. They are strong enough to withstand impacted force applied against the teeth of patients with bruxism.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Crown placement requires two visits. One for tooth preparation and temporary crown placement, and the other for permanent crown placement. First, a radiograph of your tooth is taken to ascertain its status and check for ongoing inflammation. The dental professional looks for infection or decay in the pulp or root canals. If needed, root canal treatment is done first before the crown placement procedure. Next, your dental professional administers anesthetic to desensitize the implicated tooth and neighboring gums. Thereafter, your dental professional reshapes the occlusal surface and sides of the tooth receiving the crown. This is done to prevent bite misalignment, pain, or cheek biting. A dental filling can be done to the tooth if the region of decay is extensive. Your dental professional then takes the impression of your tooth, either manually or with the aid of a digital scanner. The impression of the teeth below or above the tooth receiving a crown is also taken to prevent bite misalignment. To protect your tooth, a temporary crown is placed over it.
Your dental professional sends the impression to a laboratory where a lab technician will make the crown. In the laboratory, a dental crown is prepared using the materials you and your dental professional discussed and chose. During the second dental appointment, the permanent crown is put over the tooth with the aid of permanent cement.
Caring for Your Dental Crowns
To retain the intense whiteness that tooth colored dental crowns give to your smile, there are measures to be taken. Avoid eating or drinking teeth-staining foods like coffee, tea, and wine. Avoid tobacco consumption. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once a day. Avoid hard and sticky foods. Avoid chewing on hard objects in general, such as your nails, pens, etc. In the presence of bruxism, ensure you use a mouthguard at night. Maintain regular visits to your dental office.
The availability of dental crowns offers you another chance to boost the aesthetics of your dentition. They strengthen a tooth that has had root canal treatment. To reach Atlantic Dentistry for your tooth restoration, please call 904 717-0335 today.