Dental crowns are one of the most widely used dental restorations. They are highly versatile, as they are used to treat various dental issues such as cracked, chipped, misshapen, weak, or worn out teeth. Crowns are custom-fabricated as per the contour of the teeth. Since they are hollow, they can be placed on the teeth to cover them entirely.
What are the advantages of crowns?
- Crowns are custom-fabricated after taking precise scans and measurements of the teeth. They offer perfect fit and comfort when placed on the teeth, thereby helping you preserve your natural bite.
- Since crowns completely cover damaged teeth, they prevent them from crumbling or breaking when you bite and chew food. In a nutshell, they hold the tooth intact and prevent its failure.
- Teeth that have undergone a root canal therapy could grow weaker with time. They may crack or crumble due to the lack of nourishment. But, placing a crown on such teeth helps to save them from damage.
- Your oral functionality, i.e., biting, chewing, etc. will be restored to normal after placing a crown. You would be able to carry on with your routine oral activities without any worries.
- The material used to fabricate a crown is dental-grade ceramic. It is highly durable, highly customizable, and offers an enamel-like appearance, which keeps it under disguise.
How are crowns placed?
Getting a crown would require a thorough initial diagnosis, during which the dentist will examine your oral cavity and take scans and x-rays. This lets us get a better view of the teeth and understand the severity of the oral condition. Next, the tooth surface will be prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the crown. Digital scans are taken to create a mold of the tooth, after which the scanned data will be shared with a dental laboratory. It ideally takes a few days for the crown to be fabricated, which is why we will place a temporary restoration on the tooth until then.
During the next appointment, we will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth thoroughly, and etch it with a suitable etching solution. This roughens its surface, which helps it hold the restoration firmly. We will place the crown on the tooth and check for fit and contour. Once the necessary modifications are made, we will firmly bond it to the tooth using dental adhesives. A bite test is taken to ensure your natural bite remains the same, and the crown will be polished to improve its luster.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 503-747-5607 to consult with our dentist, Dr. Surface, and we will be happy to assist you further.