A dental crown is a dental implant and a type of dental restorative procedure. This has two purposes – it is used to improve both the cosmetic appearance and the strength of the tooth or teeth. A crown is a “cap” that is placed over the visible portion of the tooth and is bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Dental crowns are usually made of either pure porcelain or metals such as gold. Dental crowns can be permanent or temporary. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel, which are not fused to the enamel by dental cement.
Crown dentistry is recommended for restoration or as a preventive measure. If there is excessive decay or a large filling, the crown can be placed over the tooth to support it and prevent further damage from occurring. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. These include covering discolored teeth and teeth with visible decay.
Children’s dental crowns can also be made for baby teeth when there is excessive decay. In this case, the pediatric dentist will prefer a temporary stainless steel crown rather than a more permanent porcelain crown, as the baby tooth will fall out. If you’re interested in receiving this dental crown restoration, consult your dentist. First, the crown dentist will take x-rays of the teeth to make sure you are a good candidate for dental crowns. Dental crowns are safe for usage for everyone, however if there is excessive decay or infection, root canal surgery may first be performed.
After the dentist has verified the crown can be placed, they will create an impression of the tooth using paste or dental putty. This impression can either be sent to a lab or created via Cerec dentistry.
The dentist will also prepare your tooth by filing down the enamel covering the tooth to create space for the dental crown to fit. If Cerec dentistry is used, you will receive your permanent crown right then and there. Otherwise, the dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth while the permanent crown is being prepared.