When it comes to dental restorations, the first one that comes to mind is a dental crown. Crowns are cap-like appliances that completely cover a damaged, worn out, or severely decayed tooth. Since they are made from dental-grade ceramic, they can be personalized to mimic the appearance of the natural teeth perfectly. Also, they offer various other benefits, making them one of the most sought-after dental restorations.
What are the applications of dental crowns?
Crowns can be used to treat the following oral conditions:
Broken teeth: Teeth that have been broken due to external trauma have to be restored as soon as possible to avoid further damage and the risk of sustaining an infection. The best way to do so is by using dental crowns.
Worn out teeth: Teeth that have sustained severe wear due to clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth can look too shabby and hinder oral functionality. They can be brought back to their ideal contour using dental crowns.
Chipped or naturally misshapen teeth: Teeth that are out of shape not only ruin your smile but affect your natural bite too. In the case of chipped teeth, the opening to the root canal can allow the microbes in the mouth to infect the dental pulp. Such teeth can be covered using crowns to restore their contour.
Weak teeth: Teeth that have become increasingly weak, such as after a root canal therapy, can crack or crumble when you take a hard blow to the mouth or bite something too hard. However, placing a crown on them will keep them intact and prevent any damage to their structure.
What are the advantages of choosing crowns?
- Since crowns are made from dental-grade ceramic, they offer exceptional durability and last for many years without any hassle.
- They can be customized in terms of contour, color, and size to mimic the adjoining teeth, thus keeping the restoration under disguise.
- Crowns restore the functionality of the mouth by keeping the tooth intact and restoring the biting surface.
- The procedure is quite simple and less time-consuming.
- Crowns offer excellent sealing properties, thus protecting the underlying tooth fully.
What is the procedure involved?
Initially, we will visually examine the mouth to understand the severity of your oral condition. Next, digital scans and x-rays will be taken to determine the exact structure of the tooth, and the data will be used as a reference for fabricating the restoration. A thin layer of enamel is removed to make space for the restoration. The prepared surface of the tooth may be protected using a temporary crown, which the dentist will place on your tooth.
During the following appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and the tooth will be prepared. It will be cleaned, and etching liquid will be applied to its surface to roughen it. The dentist will place the crown on the tooth and check for perfect fit and comfort, and if any changes are required, we will make them. Dental adhesives are used to bond the crown to the tooth, which will be hardened using a curing light. We will conduct a bite test and polish the crown to make it appear aesthetically pleasing.
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