After certain dental procedures or trauma, your dentist may recommend that you have a dental crown placed to help keep the tooth structure intact. This article will briefly explain what dental crowns are, and the procedure for placing a dental crown.
Dental crowns are a type of restorative dental surgery. The crown is actually a covering that is cemented in place. When this crown is placed, it fully covers the tooth that is seen above the gum line. Crowns are used when fillings become too large to maintain tooth structural integrity, or after certain dental procedures and sometimes after traumatic events.
Crowns may be made out of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Most dentists will use a porcelain outer for any tooth that shows when you smile. Careful attention will be made to your surrounding teeth color to make sure that the porcelain ‘matches’ your other teeth. Your dentist may actually use a color chart to match the tooth color prior to ordering the crown.
Placing a crown involves several trips to the dentist. A mold of the tooth will be made, and a temporary crown placed. In a few weeks, the crown will be placed and fitted. You will be asked to gently ‘tap’ on colored paper to see if any raised areas or other issues of concern arise after placement. A permanent crown is placed with hard cement that is not easily removed. Depending on the cause for the crown, you may or may not need local numbing. However, this should always be a pain free procedure, so if you do have any pain, always let your dentist know.
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