Dental crowns are one of many available treatments to correct the look of your teeth. They’re also used to restore damaged teeth and to protect teeth that have undergone root canal procedures. If your teeth are damaged or decayed, crowns can greatly improve their appearance.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Crowns are primarily used for restorations. This includes teeth that have been broken off, severely cracked, or that are seriously decayed. Treatment with dental crowns can dramatically improve the way these teeth look as well as protecting them from further damage.
If a tooth has suffered severe nerve damage, it might require a root canal. After the root canal procedure is performed, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect it. With a tooth-colored crown, your tooth will appear natural. Tooth-colored crowns are usually made of porcelain, a strong, durable material that can be color-matched to your teeth. They can also be made of metal covered with porcelain, which will also give you a natural-looking, long-lasting restoration.
Getting a Dental Crown
Your dentist uses a two-part procedure to place a crown. First, your dentist makes a mold of your unaltered tooth. Then the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. A portion of the tooth must be removed, then the dentist makes a mold of the modified tooth and places a temporary crown. This temporary crown helps protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being manufactured.
After about two or three days, your permanent crown will be ready. You then return to the office to have it cemented into place. After the crown is set into place, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to be sure your bite is restored to normal. This can involve minute modifications to the crown’s surface. If you experience any discomfort after going home with your new crown, you should let your dentist know. This kind of discomfort often occurs because your bite has not been completely adjusted.
Contact the dental office of Dr. Sweta Sheth at 972-307-7777 to reserve your appointment today.