There are numerous types of restoration dentistry which can allow a patient to save as much of a natural tooth as possible, one of the most trendy being a dental crown. A crown is effectively a prosthetic top of a tooth, which is produced in a dental lab using x-rays and bites molds as well as computerized imaging techniques. The crown is manufactured out of one of several different compound materials which are chosen for their strength and durability, as well as the capability to produce a natural looking prosthetic. The process of dental crowns will generally involve multiple visits, the first of which allows for examination, preparation and impressions and the second to allow for placement and finalization of the tooth surface. A crown will have a long lifespan if properly cared for, but may eventually need replacement due to wear. A crown is also sometimes referred to as a cap.
A crown process is generally the decision if the patient has an important amount of injure to a tooth which cannot be reversed through less invasive process like veneers, composite fillings, inlays or on lays. In a condition where injure or decay creates an inability to fill a tooth and provide enough stability to withstand the processes of daily chewing, or one in which the appearance of the tooth cannot be improved using a less invasive method, the crown will be the course of action. Due to the fact that a huge amount of natural tooth surface will be removed, a dentist will usually opt for crowns only in situations where the damage cannot be reversed through lesser means.
The process of receiving a crown is in general straight forward. On the first visit, the dentist will take x-rays and accurate any other issues with oral health that might inhibit the process. The area will be cleaned and then any damaged or decayed tooth material will be removed. The dentist will then take highly exact impressions of the bite in order to have the crown custom made in a dental lab. A temporary crown will be fixed into place until the permanent prosthetic is received. On the second visit the dentist will eliminate the temporary crown, re-examine the area for any additional injure or decay, then apply the permanent tooth using a bonding agent. After the crown is affixed into place, bite impressions will be taken once again so as to give the dentist with any areas of the crown that need to be modified in order to create a comfortable bite between the upper and lower teeth. If this final modification of the crown’s shape was not done, high areas can create tooth pain when chewing. Once this is done, the crown should need no additional interest beyond brushing and flossing.
Dental crowns give a stable tooth surface which improves both chewing and appearance, creating a natural looking tooth that should last many years if cared for. Crowns can assist patients with tooth pain as well as great amounts of decay.