Oftentimes, a portion of the tooth gets chipped off for a number of reasons. Dental crowns or caps are used to restore the teeth to its original shape and size.
A crown or a cap protects the tooth and strengthens its structure when fillings or other types of restorations will not solve the problem. There are several types of dental crown although porcelain crowns are the most popular and widely used. Porcelain crowns come closest to natural teeth in terms of color and texture. They are very durable and with proper care, will last for many, many years. Porcelain crowns may eventually need to be replaced just like all other types of dental restorations.
Porcelain crowns are among the best options available to give you that beautiful smile because they are made to match the color, shape and size of natural teeth. Your dentist may recommend dental crowns for any of these reasons:
How is a crown procedure carried out?
Getting a crown required two separate appointments with your dentist. On the first appointment, the dentist will take a few impressions of the tooth using highly accurate molds. These are sent to a dental laboratory so your custom crown can be fabricated. A temporary crown will also be placed on your tooth for about two weeks or until the new crown is ready.
The dentist will prepare your tooth so it properly fits the crown. Using local anesthetic, the dentist will remove any signs of decay and shape the surface of the teeth to accommodate the crown. Then the temporary crown will be placed over the tooth using temporary cement. The dentist will also check to ensure you have a comfortable bite.
The temporary crown will be removed during the second appointment and the dentist will clean the teeth thoroughly. Your new crown will be fitted into place and the dentist will check that it is spaced properly. Likewise, he will ensure that you have an accurate bite with the crown.
You will also receive care instructions from your dentist and he will ask you to return on a scheduled date so he can check on the crown.