Dental crowns are one of the things people can get to cover up or essentially replace a broken or missing tooth. Particularly people get dental crowns for cosmetic purposes to cover up a discolored tooth or one that looks beaten up and broken. However, getting a dental crown also has its practical reasons such that when an old worn out tooth is replaced by a crown it is the new crown that can take over the function of the replaced tooth.
Now dental crowns come in a variety of types. You can find dental crowns made of different materials including crowns that are made from ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel. For dental crowns that serve a more cosmetic purpose, ones that are made of resin and porcelain are favored for their more aesthetic look. In other cases, a strong crown would be required calling for crowns made of stainless steel and ceramic. Different types of dental crowns have their own advantages and disadvantages.
If you think you are suitable for a dental crown but don’t know which one is right for you, you will want to talk to your dentist about the matter who can properly assess the situation. Now let’s take closer look into the details of getting a dental crown to have a better understanding of it.
Patients who are getting dental crowns will take more than one trip to the dentist. The first trip or trips involves the dentists taking a much closer look into the patient’s teeth and examining its viability for a dental crown. Should the dentists determine the tooth to be viable for a dental crown, he will start prepping the tooth by applying some filling onto any cracks and damages on the tooth as a temporary mending.
After the tooth has been properly mended and is in the proper shape the dentist will take an impression of the tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. This impression will be used to create the dental crown in the lab allowing for a custom fit of the crown. For the time being the patient will receive a temporary dental crown to give some protection on the tooth before the permanent dental crown will be attached.
Once the dental crown is finished, the patient will go back to the dentist’s office to get the crown attached. After the temporary dental crown is removed, the permanent crown is secured onto the tooth using a strong adhesive creating a strong permanent bond onto the tooth. The post procedure of getting a dental crown will not be that comfortable and your tooth may feel a little uneasy. However, over time you will eventually get used to it and the crown will just be like any other tooth in your mouth.
Basically that is the process of getting a dental crown. Dental crowns are a great option if you have a tooth that doesn’t look that good or is definitely damaged and could use a cover up and some added protection.