Our teeth change over time, just like our bodies. Sometimes, even with the best of care, our teeth decay, get injured or even fall out, causing us to look for dental solutions to repair our smile and bite. There is one helpful dental procedure called a Dental Crown. Crowns can keep you chewing, speaking and smiling just like you used to.
What are Crowns?
Dental Crowns are made to cover one missing or damaged tooth, or teeth, like a cap. Crowns are designed to restore the normal function of the tooth, by covering and protecting the area. They look like natural teeth, so people won’t even know you have them. They can also protect a tooth that has recently had a root canal or is worn down. Crowns can be used to support a dental bridge. They can last five to fifteen or more years.
What are Crowns made from?
Dental Crowns can be made out of several materials. Crowns can be made from metals, porcelain, ceramics or resins.
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Often, crowns are made with naturally-coloured ceramics so they can blend in with the rest of your teeth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns?
There are many benefits to getting a dental crown.
- Damaged tooth has protection and stability
- function of the tooth is restored
- Crowns can have the appearance of your natural teeth
- crowns allow you to smile and eat with confidence
How are Dental Crowns Made?
There are five simple steps in making dental crowns.
- To make sure you are comfortable while the procedure is being done, you will be given what is called a “local anesthesia.”
- The tooth that needs to be fixed is prepared by cleaning and shaping so a dental crown can be made.
- The tooth then has a mould, also called an impression, taken and it is sent to a laboratory to make the crown.
- A temporary crown will be placed in your mouth until the new one is ready. It usually takes about a week to have a crown made.
- You will be notified when the new crown is ready and you will visit the dentist. The temporary crown will be taken out, and the new one put in.
Dental Crown Care
It may be a good idea to avoid chewing on ice or hard candy to prevent damage to the dental crown. You still need to practice good dental hygiene. Although a crown covers most of the tooth, and cemented in place in the mouth, you still need to floss, brush and rinse every day. An anti-bacterial rinse is always recommended to help keep germs and bacteria at bay, as well as keeping your crown clean. The area around your crown needs just a bit of extra attention so it stays clean.
If you have a missing, damaged, or worn down tooth, don’t worry. You will be able to smile again. Contact us at Smile Park Dental, and ask us about dental crowns. We will make sure you get you smile back.