Crowns are dental restorations that are hollow on the inside and look exactly like natural teeth on the outside. They are mostly made from tooth-colored, dental-grade ceramic material that offers excellent properties and mimics the enamel in many ways. Crowns are highly versatile restorations as they are used for multiple purposes such as restoring broken, cracked, chipped, misshapen, excessively spaced, worn out, or weak teeth.
What makes crowns highly preferred?
- Crowns are highly durable as they are made from dental-grade ceramic. With regular oral activities like biting and chewing food, they would hardly wear - much like natural enamel.
- The dentist uses photographic and digital scans’ data to personalize the crown as required. This keeps it under disguise, as it can’t be distinguished from the adjoining natural teeth.
- Crowns can be fabricated and placed on the teeth quite easily. They only require two visits to the dentist’s practice to be completed. In the case of CEREC crowns, it can be done in a single visit to the dental practice.
- Crowns hold a damaged or worn out tooth intact and prevent further damage to its structure.
- They restore oral functionality and enable the patient to chew food, smile, talk, and carry out routine oral activities without any trouble.
How are crowns placed?
Ideally, it requires at least two visits to the dentist’s practice to get a dental crown done. During the first consultation, the dentist will take x-rays and digital scans of the teeth to get a better view of them and understand the severity of your oral concern. Once the candidacy for crowns is confirmed, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to prepare it for the scanning procedure. The scanned data will be shared with the dental laboratory, where it is used as a reference for fabricating the restoration. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary crown on the tooth and fix it with mild adhesives to protect the prepared surface.
During the next consultation, which would be a couple of weeks later, we will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth. It will be etched using a suitable etching liquid and prepared for the bonding process. The dentist will initially place the crown on the tooth and check for an ideal fit. Once its contour is confirmed, we will bond it to the tooth using dental adhesives and harden it using a curing light. The dentist will check your bite to make sure the crown is in place and polish it to give it the perfect aesthetics.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Powell by calling us or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.