To many people, dental crowns may seem like a cosmetic procedure. Getting your teeth capped, a commonly used expression for getting dental crowns, usually refers to a cosmetic procedure, but crowns are also an important procedure for oral health when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. Unlike veneers, which are cosmetic only, crowns are part of restorative dentistry because they can completely restore a bad tooth to full size, appearance and function.
What a Crown Actually Is
A dental crown is made of composite resin, metal or sometimes porcelain. The strong materials are used in many types of dental work, including fillings and bonding. Unlike a veneer, which is a very thin covering that changes the appearance of a tooth, a crown encompasses the tooth completely and has the strength to restore a tooth that would otherwise decay or need to be extracted. In addition, crowns can be placed on healthy teeth for cosmetic purposes, though today veneers are usually used for this purpose.
Reasons You Might Need a Crown
A crown can save a tooth that has been
• Broken or chipped
• Decayed or worn from disease
• Weakened by enamel loss
• Treated with root canal therapy
The Procedure for Crowns
A crown placed by an experienced dentist usually involves two trips to the dentist’s office. At the first visit, x-rays are taken and the tooth that will receive the crown is prepared for the crown to fit and be secured. The actual placement of the crown takes place at the second visit.
Caring for Crowns
Crowns are strong and can tolerate normal chewing action, but care should be taken when eating hard or crunchy foods. Crowns can break, particularly if they are made of porcelain. Care includes normal brushing and flossing, plus regular dental checkups.
Find Out More
If you are looking for an experienced dentist to help you to learn about crowns or other types of restorative dentistry, give us a call to set up a consultation appointment or an appointment for an exam. Restorative dentistry can help you to keep your teeth, and keep them healthy.