Facts you should know about Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a restorative dental procedure that is often used by dentists when there is a tooth that needs to be restored or protected. They can be used to preserve badly damaged teeth and they are often used following a root canal procedure. Oftentimes, getting a dental crown can make the difference between saving a tooth or losing it.
What is a Dental Crown?
Sometimes referred to as a cap, a dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that is placed over top of and cemented to your natural tooth or to an implant. Some Brampton dentists will still use gold crowns. However, these are usually reserved for the very back of the mouth, where they won’t be visible when you smile. Most dental crowns today are coloured to blend in completely with your other teeth. In fact, your dental crown (unless it’s gold of course), will look just like a natural tooth. It will also function like a natural tooth, and you can care for it the same way.
Why might I need a Dental Crown?
Most often, dental crowns are used to protect teeth that have been badly damaged – either cracked or decayed. Following root canal therapy, your Brampton dentist may also want to give you a crown to protect a tooth that may have been weakened.
Dental crowns may also be used for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen or discoloured.
What should I expect during the Dental Crown procedure?
Depending on the type of crown you get, the procedure will either be done in one or two appointments.
Generally, a dental hygienist or technician will first take impressions of your teeth so that your dental crown will match the rest of your teeth and fit your bite.
Your dentist will then shape the tooth that is to be fitted with the crown and remove any decay. Following this, your dentist will use a special type of cement to affix either a temporary or permanent crown. If the crown is temporary, you will return for a follow-up appointment in a week or so to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one affixed. Your dentist will then check your bite to ensure the crown fits properly and make any final adjustments.
How to care for a Dental Crown?
Once you have a dental crown in place, it will look and function just like your natural teeth. Dental crowns are extremely durable and can last up to ten years or even longer if they are well cared for. And caring for your dental crown is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing and make sure to have your regular dental cleanings and checkups.
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