Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or trauma, or which have been treated with root canal therapy. The crown keeps the tooth intact and functional. Porcelain crowns are used when you prefer a more natural-looking restoration, such as for front teeth.
Uses for Porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns are generally used for restorations, though in the past they have also been used for cosmetic reasons. If your tooth has been seriously damaged due to decay, or if it has cracked as a result of trauma or because it’s been treated with large fillings, a crown is often the best choice for restoration. In most cases, a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal is fitted with a crown to keep it strong and usable.
Porcelain crowns are made in an off-site laboratory to exactly match the shape and color of the tooth being treated. After the decay is removed, your family dentist will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth. The permanent crown should be ready in a few days, at which time you’ll return to the dentist to have it set in place with a strong adhesive.
Choosing a Dental Crown
The type of crown you choose depends upon your preferences, the preferences of your dentist, and which tooth is being treated. Crowns can be made of metal, as well, and this is still a common choice, especially for back teeth. Porcelain crowns are used for aesthetic reasons, for example when front teeth must be restored. Other options include metal bonded with porcelain, which adds strength while maintaining a natural appearance.
If your tooth has been broken off, it can be restored with a crown, but you might require preliminary treatment to expose part of the tooth root so the crown has a solid foundation. A crown lengthening procedure is usually used to provide this foundation. If you require this type of preparation, you’ll have to wait for your gums to heal before your crown can be put in place.
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