If you have broken, decayed or unattractive teeth, you know it affects your smile. You need to fix the problem and dental crowns will do the job. A dental crown serves as a natural and healthy tooth. It is a cover or cap tooth that fills in the gap, protects a fragile tooth or makes a decayed one look simply attractive!
You can use a dental crown to fix a temporary dental issue or a permanent problem. Let’s look at reasons for getting a dental crown.
- A large cavity that cannot be filled with regular dental standards
- A lost tooth replacement with a dental bridge
- The need to get dental implants
- A badly broken or cracked tooth
- A root canal
- You have uneven teeth and you are not happy about it
All about temporary and permanent crowns
When is a temporary crown used? It is placed to your missing tooth when a permanent crown is being created or for other restoration. Only a dental surgeon can fix a permanent crown as it needs to be cemented in place. Depending on how much repair is needed, a dental crown can cover your natural tooth partially or fully. If you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered or replaced, dental crowns will once again come to the rescue.
Choosing your preferred material
Crowns are made of ceramic, porcelain, acrylics, metal alloys and even gold and composite resin. Porcelain is preferred for its resilience, natural appearance and strength. On the affordability factor, people may opt for ceramic crowns. Metal alloys are usually recommended to repair or replace the back teeth, and it can be stronger than both ceramic and porcelain. You can choose your preferred material in determination with your dentist.
A dental crown has to be first prepared by your dentist, by filing any remaining decay and thereafter filling it. The tooth will be shaped to fix the dental crown. It is a painless and non-invasive procedure that may cause slight discomfort. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of your bite. It is during this time the permanent crown is being made. As you wait for the permanent crown, the temporary tooth will be inserted by your dentist. This is to protect your tooth.
Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the permanent dental crown. It will be bonded into place with cement.
You can get back to living life once the permanent crown has been fixed. Yes, you can munch on your favorite snacks and drinks tea and coffee. You still need to take care of your teeth, and regular visits to the dentist office will certainly prolong the longevity of your dental crown. And best of all, your smile will be repaired! You will finally have a great smile to be confident about!