Each tooth is made up a clinical crown and a root. The root serves as an anchor while the crown makes up the upper part of the crown which sits below the gum-line in the case of the upper jaw and above the gum-line in the case of the lower jaw. A dental crown is inserted by a professional dentist over the top of the clinical/natural crown. It is ideal for correcting the function and appearance of damaged teeth.
When a dental crown is necessary
Dental crowns are required when teeth are damaged and their structural integrity is destroyed by large filling. Moreover, crowns are necessary after root canal treatment since this leaves a tooth hollow as well as prone to fracture. It can help make irregularly sized or shaped teeth looked more natural, as well as correct discolored ones. For teeth with a broken cusp or pain due to tooth fractures, dental crowning can also work wonders.
Types of dental crowns
Dental crowns come in various types ranging from ones made from zirconia, stainless steel and metal alloys to others made from gold, composite resin, ceramic and porcelain. There are also dental crowns made from a combination of different materials. Each type of dental crown has its own unique qualities, pros and cons. But regardless of the type, dental crowns offer the most durable form of teeth restoration as last for a period of 10 to 20 years if well taken care of.
Many people prefer porcelain or ceramic crowns due to their natural appearance. Same-day crowns are sometimes made by patients while they wait. It should be noted that crowns are custom-made for every patient. Traditional gold crowns are preferred for their durability while stainless steel crowns are ideal for children.
An overview of the procedure
In the event of a damaged or decayed tooth, your professional dentist can set you up with dental crowns in a bid to restore their function and aesthetics to your smile. A crown is usually made to look like natural teeth thus ensuring that you can maintain a good smile after your teeth get damaged or decay. During the first visit to the dentist, the affected area will be numbed and the decay removed. The tooth is also shaped and a molding of your teeth made. A temporary crown is placed on the affected area to allow enough time for the gums and teeth to really numb. On your second visit, the dentist affixes the permanent crown into place using cement.
Whether it’s an unattractive tooth, a decayed tooth, a filling that doesn’t work or a broken tooth, dental crowns can work wonders to correct these abnormalities and give you a natural smile. Call Dr. Shah and the amazing team at Dental Smiles of West Loop in Chicago, IL at (312) 724-7161 to schedule an appointment today!