A bright and healthy smile not only boosts our confidence but also plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. However, due to various factors like decay, injury, or wear, our teeth may lose their natural strength and appearance. Dental crowns are a common dental solution that can help restore damaged teeth, providing both aesthetic and functional benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore what dental crowns are, why they are needed, and how they can transform your smile.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, often referred to as “caps,” are custom-made prosthetic restorations that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth. These crowns are designed to mimic the shape, size, and colour of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with your existing smile. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these, depending on a patient’s specific needs.
Reasons Why Dental Crowns are Needed
There are several situations where your dentist may recommend a dental crown:
- To Protect a Weakened Tooth: Teeth that have undergone significant decay, large fillings, or root canal treatments may become weak and prone to fractures. Dental crowns provide the necessary reinforcement, protecting the tooth from further damage.
- Restoring a Broken or Chipped Tooth: Accidents or injuries can result in fractured or chipped teeth. Dental crowns restore the tooth’s shape and function, ensuring you can chew and speak comfortably again.
- Covering Severe Tooth Discoloration: Teeth that are severely stained or discolored and do not respond to teeth whitening treatments can be concealed with natural-looking dental crowns.
- Supporting a Dental Bridge: Dental crowns are used as anchor points to support dental bridges, which replace missing teeth and restore your smile’s full functionality.
- Enhancing Misshapen or Malaligned Teeth: Dental crowns can reshape and align teeth with cosmetic issues, providing a harmonious and attractive smile. In some instances this can be a preferred option to other methods of aligning teeth, such as orthodontics. A veneer can also be used in some clinical cases for this purpose.
- Addressing Worn Down Teeth: Teeth that have been excessively worn down due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other reasons can be restored with durable dental crowns.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Getting a dental crown typically involves two visits to the dentist:
Preparation: During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay or existing fillings. The tooth is then reshaped to create room for the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken to fabricate a custom crown that fits perfectly.
Temporary Crown and Fabrication: While the permanent crown is being crafted in a dental lab, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it. The dental lab creates the crown based on the impression and shade matching, ensuring it matches your natural teeth.
Placement: Once the permanent crown is ready, you’ll return for the second visit. The temporary crown is removed, and the new crown is carefully placed and bonded onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.
Crowns are a great treatment in circumstances where teeth have been damaged by decay or failed restorations, however, crowned teeth need to be regularly reviewed and monitored after placement to check the health of the pulp tissues and/or tooth structure.
Dental crowns are a versatile and effective dental solution for restoring damaged, weakened, or aesthetically flawed teeth. Whether you have a chipped tooth or require a complete smile makeover, dental crowns can provide the perfect blend of durability, functionality, and aesthetics. If you’re experiencing any dental issues or want to enhance your smile, consult us to explore the benefits of dental crowns and embark on a journey to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.