A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth that’s either decayed or damaged. The crown covers the entire tooth, preventing anything from getting in and causing further harm. It also restores the tooth to its natural shape and size and is typically made from porcelain or metal alloys that are fused. Dental crowns are primarily used to protect and restore teeth that have suffered significant damage, such as extensive decay, fractures, or large fillings. They provide a durable protective covering over the affected tooth, preventing further deterioration and enhancing longevity. At First Smile Family Dental, dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal alloys, ceramic, or a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, and functional requirements.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
The process of getting a dental crown typically involves multiple visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damaged portions and shaping it to accommodate the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the custom crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown may be placed to protect the tooth. The temporary crown is removed during the subsequent visit, and the permanent crown is cemented or bonded onto the tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide a protective barrier for a tooth cracked, chipped, or weakened by extensive decay. By covering the entire visible portion of the tooth, the crown helps prevent further damage and fracture.
Restoration of Tooth Structure
A dental crown can restore its strength, function, and appearance when a tooth is significantly decayed or damaged. The crown acts as a new outer surface for the tooth, allowing it to function correctly for biting and chewing.
Dental crowns are designed to match your natural teeth' shape, size, and color, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance. They can improve the aesthetics of a tooth by covering discoloration, misshapen or poorly aligned teeth, and other cosmetic concerns.
Comfort and Functionality
Dental crowns are custom-made to fit your bite and restore proper tooth alignment. This helps improve your bite function, making it easier to chew and speak properly. Crowns also help distribute the forces exerted during biting and chewing, reducing stress on surrounding teeth.
Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of dental crowns. Additionally, avoiding habits such as grinding or clenching teeth and refraining from biting on complex objects can help preserve the integrity of the crown. To learn more about dental crowns visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.