Dental Crowns 101: Everything You Need to Know
Nothing dampers your smile and appearance than broken, cracked, or misaligned teeth. Not only that, some of these problems affect your dental structure and eventually weaken your teeth. Although there are various dental solutions, dental crowns have proven to be an ideal solution. These caps are applied over the teeth to restore the size, shape, and appearance of the teeth. You can fix the dental crowns on the front teeth or back ones
. Want to learn more? Keep reading.
When Are Dental Crowns Used?
At 21st Street Dental Group, we recommend dental crowns to cover a range of problems such as:
- Weak teeth as a result of decay or accidents. Applying the crowns will strengthen the teeth and keep them from falling off.
- Broken and cracked teeth. Due to our eating and oral habits, the enamel can weaken and be prone to cracks. The dental crowns can restore the integrity of the teeth.
Discolored teeth. In mild to moderate discoloration, we recommend professional teeth whitening. However, in certain situations, dental crowns are ideal.
- Misaligned teeth can be corrected with braces, but crowns can work too.
- To cover a large tooth filling. After a root canal procedure, you may not have enough teeth left and the dentist may use crowns to cover the filling and restore the teeth.
What Is Involved in Dental Crown Application?
Dental crown application need two or three visits and it involves:
- Examination and assessment
On your first dental appointment, the dentist will examine your dental health using modern technology. We will check for any decay present and clean it off if it’s mild. In severe cases, root canal procedure may be performed to get rid of the decay.
- Tooth preparation
Before the treatment begins, the dentist will numb the affected area to ease the discomfort and reduce pain. Next, the surface of the application will be trimmed off to make room for the crown depending on the amount of crown needed.
- Your dental impression will be taken to the lab to mold the permanent crowns in a process that can last for two to three weeks. As you wait, the dentist will give you temporary crowns to protect the teeth from sensitivity.
- Fixing of the permanent crowns
The second dental appointment is set after two to three weeks and it involves fixing the permanent crowns. The dentist will numb the gums and using special cement, he will fix the crowns in place.
A follow-up appointment may be set to check how the gum is tolerating the dental crowns.
Are Crowns and Veneers the Same?
No. Though they are used to fix almost the same dental problems, the dental crowns and veneers are not the same. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth up to the gum line, while the veneers are applied on the surface. However, other than that, everything else is similar including the application.
What Are the Different Dental Crowns Options?
Dental crowns can be made of stainless steel, porcelain, all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all metal. The most commonly used crowns are porcelain as they resemble the teeth in function and appearance. All these crown materials have pros and cons, so discuss with the dentist the suitable option for you based on the cost and functionality.
What Does Onlay and ¾ Crowns Mean?
The Onlay and ¾ crowns refer to the technique of application of the crowns. While the traditional dental crowns are applied to the entire tooth, the Onlay and ¾ crowns cover a portion of them, but the application procedure is the same.
What Can You Expect After the Crowns Are Fixed?
After application, there may be slight tooth sensitivity and discomfort that is expected to last for a few days as you get used to the crowns. Some people may, however, have allergic reaction especially if they chose the metal crowns.
Gum disease may also develop, but it’s rare.
Get a Dental Makeover
If you are dissatisfied with your smile and dental appearance, it’s time to make a change. Come to 21st Street Dental Group for an assessment and we will guide you in choosing the best dental crowns in Colorado Springs.