If you have problems with a cracked tooth and tooth decay, you may want to consider a dental crown. A dental crown is sometimes one of the best options for teeth that are too decayed that they cannot be repaired. A dental crown is a great solution to your dental problems. If you have never had a dental crown before, you probably are not too familiar with the basics of a dental crown. Let’s talk about the basics of dental crowns.
First, you may be wondering what exactly is a dental crown? A dental crown is a cap that is placed over your tooth to help restore its appearance, size, and colour. Dental crowns are cemented to your tooth such that the dental crown is the only part visible. So why exactly would you need a dental crown? A dental crown can protect a weak tooth. If a tooth is starting to decay, a crown can be put on it to help preserve the tooth. If you have a tooth that is cracked or damaged, a dental crown can prevent the tooth from further damage. If you have a cavity in your tooth, but you do not have enough tooth left to fill, you can put a dental crown over the tooth where the filling would have been.
Dental Crowns can also be a solution to teeth that need reshaping. If you have bad teeth, dental crowns can change the size, colour and shape of your teeth. There are a couple of different types of crowns that your dentist may use. There is porcelain fused dental crown, metal crowns, resin dental crown, monolithic zirconia crowns and a temporary crown. The type of material and dental crown that will be used is up to your dentist to decide.
The procedure for a dental crown is done in a couple different steps. First, your dentist needs to examine the tooth. You may need to have a root canal treatment done if your tooth is too decayed. The dentist will then need to reshape your tooth and file it down for the dental crown to fit over the top of it. You will then receive a temporary crown. This temporary crown will then be worn for a couple days while your permanent crown is being made. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth so they can make a permanent crown for your teeth. You will then be required to come back to the dentist to get your permanent crown fitted.
The life of a dental crown can be anywhere from 5-15 years depending on the quality of the material used, and how well you take care of your dental crown. Your oral health is very important and you should take excellent care of your oral hygiene for the dental crown to last.
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