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When Should I Get Crowns?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Evan
When Should I Get Crowns?A dental crown is a cap-like prosthetic used to cover a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are restorative. They enhance your smile after a dental filling or root canal.

Extensive tooth decay

Dental crowns protect a tooth that has suffered too much decay. In most cases, doctors use crowns where the dental filling has failed. Other times, when the filling is too large it could weaken the tooth further. A dental crown comes in to reinforce the filling by providing additional strength. Besides decay, dental crowns prevent a fractured tooth from falling apart even further.

Reinforcing a root canal

A root canal seeks to remove bacteria that has spread to the pulp. The pulp is the innermost tooth layer of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. During a root canal, a section of the infected pulp is removed. This is to prevent the infection from spreading further. The tooth structure left could be minimal necessitating a dental crown to add strength and stability to the remaining tooth.

Cosmetic reasons

You could opt to get dental crowns purely for cosmetic reasons. There are dental crowns made of precious metals such as gold and silver. Other common materials you can look out for are porcelain, zirconia, and lithium disilicate dental crowns. Dental crowns are viable options for addressing teeth discoloration and misalignment.

Dental crown procedures

Denture crowns require two dental visits for completion. During the first visit, the doctor may need to reshape the tooth's enamel to allow the crown to fit over the tooth perfectly. The dentist takes your dental impression using either a scanner or putty-moldable material. The impression is sent to the laboratory to custom-make the crown as per the precise shape of the tooth. Before the completion of the permanent crown, the doctor may use a temporary crown in the meantime. Temporary crowns are made of either acrylic or resin. During the second dental visit, the doctor removes the temporary crown and bonds the permanent one.
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