What are Crowns?
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices cemented onto the teeth. They are used as a cover to change the appearance of a damaged, chipped or discolored tooth.
What do Crowns do?
Crowns act as a cap for the damaged tooth and strengthen the tooth. They are cemented onto existing teeth and can only be removed by the dentist. They are used to improve the appearance, shape, and alignment of the teeth. Crowns are of various different types and serve different purposes. Crowns made of porcelain can blend in easily with the natural color of the teeth and are widely used. Alloys of different metals such as gold and silver are also used as they provide more strength than porcelain. Owing to the contrasting color of these metals, they are generally used for making crowns for back teeth. The most effective types of crowns are those which are made of porcelain bonded to a metallic alloy as they provide high strength and match the natural color of the teeth.
When should you get a crown?
A crown serves varied purposes and we, at Heritage Oak Dental, can advise you on when you need to get a crown fixed for your teeth. Here are some of the possible cases when our skilled dentists recommend a crown for our patients.
- When a large filling needs to be replaced and there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining a crown may be used to fix the tooth.
- To protect a weak tooth from cracking or breaking
- To restore a fractured tooth
- To cover a root canal
- To cover a discolored tooth
- To attach a bridge
What is the procedure for attaching a crown?
As mentioned above, different types of materials are available for the making of crowns. At Heritage Oak Dental, we select the best type of crown material based on each individual patient’s needs and the state of the tooth that needs a crown.
Getting a crown takes two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, the tooth that needs to be fitted with a crown is examined and filed to prepare for the fitting. Then, an expert dentist at Heritage Oak Dental will take an impression of your tooth and send it to the lab for the creation of a crown that exactly fits the tooth. Finally, the dentist will fit your tooth with a temporary crown until your permanent crown arrives from the lab.
For your second visit, your customized, permanent crown will be fitted in place of the temporary crown with the help of a special adhesive. It will take some getting used to but soon the new crown will function and feel like a regular tooth. If you experience any sort of inconvenience with the new crown, our adept dentists at Heritage Oak Dental are always available to guide you.
With proper oral hygiene and maintenance, crowns can last a lifetime. If, however, they do become loose or come out, our dentists will fix them right up and you won’t be able to distinguish between your artificial crown and natural teeth. If you have damaged, discolored or misshapen teeth, crowns are the way to go to sport a spotless and natural smile.