Crowns are amazingly versatile little medical devices. They can serve many purposes, not only preventing a tooth from needing extraction, but it can also act as a cosmetic restoration for a tooth that has been stained or discolored. Crowns can help a tooth that has been damaged by trauma, such as an impact to the jaw or tooth. Even if trauma did not damage the tooth, but wear and tear over time did, a crown may be beneficial. It can also cover a tooth that has tooth decay that is too severe for a traditional dental filling. It may also cover a tooth that has recently had a root canal.
A crown can be made of many different types of materials, but the preferred material for a crown is porcelain. This is because it is strong and durable, but it also resembles a natural tooth. Some patients do get metal crowns, such as gold, due to how sturdy and long-lasting they can be. Composite resin, which is a material that is made out of acrylic and either glass or acrylic, may also be used on a crown.
Getting fitted with a dental crown is an easy and straightforward procedure. We will start by carefully examining the affected tooth. We may also advise that we take X-rays of the site. We will then thoroughly numb the site where we will be placing the crown. This is to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. Next, we will start shaping the tooth that will receive the crown. We may remove a small amount of your dental enamel and tooth to help accommodate the crown.
After the tooth is shaped, we will take an impression of your mouth. This impression will be sent to our lab to create your crown. Because this can take up to two weeks to return to us from our lab, we will fit you with a temporary crown in the meanwhile while we wait for your permanent crown. Once it arrives, we will have you come in for another appointment for a final fitting. We will check the placement of the crown and ensure that it is comfortable and not impairing your bite. If we are satisfied, we will then cement it in place and cure it. This will help keep your crown durable in your mouth.
A dental crown can be a highly beneficial dental restoration, allowing us to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. To learn more about crowns, or to set up an appointment with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry, please give us a call today at (915) 213-0055!