Dental Crowns

What Are Crowns?

Crowns enclose the visible part of a badly perished tooth. After the damaged section of the tooth is taken out, the crown is positioned over the remaining part of the tooth, casing the part above your gum. Sometimes referred to as caps, crowns are made when a thin coat of ceramic is set on either a metal or porcelain base. Occasionally crowns designed for  the back teeth might use gold as their metal.

Why Are They Necessary?

Your dentist may suggest crowns after assessing the state of a your teeth during a dental examination. Further than just a cosmetic course of action to make your teeth look more attractive, crowns can restore a filling that is faulty or deteriorating. Crowns can cover a tooth that has endured so much that a standard filling would not be suitable to repair it. Dental crowns can also bolster bridges that close gaps which have been caused by missing teeth. Occasionally, crowns are suggested after root canals for teeth which have substantial damage to the root below the gum.

The process to insert a crown typically takes two or more appointments. When you visit our dental office for a comprehensive cleaning and x-rays, your dentist and other members of the dental treatment team check for signs of damage or deterioration. Crowns require that some of the tooth’s base remains intact to be employed as an anchor.
Your dentist will remove all decay and then take an impression of the area during the first appointment. Your dentist will numb the area first. In the majority of cases, this impression will be employed to make your provisional crown and then your permanent crown will be set in place during your follow-up appointment. Once the permanent crown is positioned, your dental professional will ensure it is correctly lined up. Your dentist might buff or somewhat change the shape of your crown so that it replicates the bite pattern of your original tooth.

Are There Risks?

All medical or dental procedures require caution. Patients with certain cardiac issues or susceptibilities might have to take antibiotics prior to this procedure. Contact our dental office immediately if you experience extensive pain after any of your appointments, if the provisional crown falls out, or if your permanent crown feels out of position or causes discomfort. Over time, crowns can become loose or even worn down. In some cases, they could need to be re-cemented or replaced.

We Can Answer Your Questions

Crowns are an ideal way to prolong and protect the use of your natural teeth. Your dentists and professionals at Mason Dental Center look forward to talking about crowns and other options that elevate your smile and health. Contact us today.