Everything You Wanted to Know About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns and their different types

In simple words, a dental crown is a cover or cap that is placed over a tooth. A crown is used in various situations. The most common reason is to protect the restored tooth when you have undergone root canal treatment. Nevertheless, the primary purpose of a crown is to impart strength, improve functionality, and enhance the aesthetic appearance of a tooth. When appropriately positioned, it shields the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

There are different types of crowns available, including stainless steel, metal alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin and ceramic. Depending on your oral conditions and personal preference, your dentist can suggest the most suitable option for you.

Preparing for crown placement

It usually takes 2 sittings to fit a crown: the first step is check-up and preparation and the second is actual crown placement.

The process starts with a clinical examination followed by an X-ray. The dentist will then prepare the tooth (filing) by removing its outer surface to make room for the crown. He will also clear out underlying decay, if any. An impression of the tooth using putty/paste is made and sent to the lab for making the crown. In some cases, the impression is done through digital scanning. Impressions of adjoining teeth are also made to ensure your bit is not compromised in any way. You dentist will offer you a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready; the idea is to cover and protect the prepared tooth.

Once the crown is in your dentist’s possession, you make the second visit. After ensuring everything is up to the mark, he will administer a local anesthetic and cement the new crown is its appropriate place.

Care & precautions

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss once daily with caution; avoid ‘lift up’ movements
  • Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, etc.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and teeth cleaning

Get exceptional crown treatment at G Dental

If you have a cavity or a tooth that is weakened or worn out, drop in at G Dental Center for checking the possibility of a crown placement. Our experts will offer genuine advice and carry out professional crown placement if required.

For more details on the dental crown procedure, please contact us or make an appointment for a consultation at our clinic.