There are a multitude of reasons why your dental care professional would recommend a dental crown treatment which usually involves replacing the crown entirely. It can be to protect a broken tooth or hold together a cracked one. It can serve as a support for a dental bridge or to support a large filling where most of the original tooth is no longer present. It can also serve as a cover-up for misshapen or discolored teeth or simply a cosmetic modification.
Features of the procedure
The procedure depends on the condition the original tooth is in and on the diagnosis of your dental care professional.
• In some cases where the tooth is severely damaged or broken, filling and preliminary treatment is necessary so that the tooth in question can support the replacement crown. The dentist will then recommend the crown that is the best fit for your kind of tooth. In some cases where a tooth bridge is necessary, the crown needs to be able to be compatible with the bridge functions.
• After conditioning the tooth to its proper shape, the dentist will take impressions of the tooth in question as well as the ones adjacent to it in order to have the lab draw up the crown properly in respect to the rest of your teeth.
• Before the final crown is prepared, which takes till the second appointment, a temporary crown is placed in order to protect the concerned area and this concludes the first appointment.
• The second appointment is scheduled after completion of the new permanent crown, and involves the final phase of the procedure. After the temporary crown is removed, the new crown will be fixed in place using special dental adhesives. It usually takes a little follow up time to adjust to the new permanent crown. Over time, it will start to look and function as expected from a regular tooth. In case of children, it is necessary to consult the dentist regarding anesthesia if required.
Types of crown replacement
After determining the condition of the tooth in question, the dentist will recommend the appropriate crown material for your tooth. This recommendation is usually based on the condition the tooth is in and how the new permanent crown will adjust to your mouth. There are several types of crowns that can be recommended. They include porcelain, ceramic, resin and metal. Each type comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages a comprehensive list of which can be found with the American Dental Association (ADA). For example, ceramic and porcelain are mostly used for cosmetic overhauls but are not very sturdy, while metal crowns may be durable but affects aesthetics and the way it looks. It is best to follow the advice of your dentist in order to avoid problems in the future regarding the artificial crown. If there are follow up queries on the matter that involve more details, you can refer to your dental care professional.