Are Dental Crowns a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure I Should Consider? Understand the Process.
Good oral health is critical to good health but like a car, they require ongoing maintenance and every now and again, some repair. Dental crowns are much like that—crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist and are most often used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant - restoring its shape and size, strength, and improving its appearance.
There are several types of crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and gold.
The procedure for installing a dental crown normally takes two separate dentist visits. At your first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone, can support a crown.
A dentist will anesthetize (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth, then begin shaping it to prepare for the crown. Alternatively, if the tooth is severely damaged or broken, your dentist may need to use filling material to ‘build up’ the tooth to properly receive and support the crown.
Once the tooth has the proper shape, your practitioner will take an impression of the tooth, as well as those surrounding it, and send it away to a dental lab, so the permanent crown can be manufactured. By the end of this first visit, your tooth will have a new temporary crown that protects it until the final crown is ready to be permanently placed. Temporary crowns usually are made of acrylic and are held in place using a temporary cement.
When the permanent crown is ready, you will have your second visit. At this appointment, the temporary crown is removed, after which the dentist will position and fasten the new crown to the tooth with a special adhesive.
However, at Joly Dental Care, we prefer to provide our patients with a one-visit crown procedure using the digital CEREC system. Most back teeth and some front teeth can be done this way.
Once your dental crown procedure is complete, it may take some getting used to before the permanent crown feels normal in your mouth; however, after a little time has passed, the crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth. Dental crowns last between five and 15 years on average depending on your personal mouth-related habits.
Interested in Getting Dental Crowns from Your Dental Clinic in Downtown Edmonton?
If you have any questions about your crown before, during, or after your procedure, or if a crown is the right procedure for your oral health concern, be sure to talk to your dentist at Joly Dental Care. If you are ready to improve your smile, call Dr. Joly at 780-428-3281 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.