Dental restoration might be the solution for several dental problems such as cavities, cracks, or chips. One of the main types of dental restoration used is crowns. The whole procedure is completed in two steps and usually in a span of two visits to the dentist. The first step includes an overall assessment to help the dentist prepare the tooth for a crown. The preparation involves a core build-up of the tooth (may-be even a post), taking the impression of the tooth for the crown, and fabricating and installing a temporary crown. The actual crown is installed during the second visit.
What is a Crown?
If you have a damaged tooth, a crown will help restore its natural shape and size by capping the tooth. A crown is usually suggested when there’s a significantly damaged tooth that cannot be fixed with a filling. A dental crown also helps in preventing further damage to the tooth.
What is a Post and Core Build-Up?
For the dentist to secure a crown on to your tooth, it must have an ideal foundation. To create the same, a core-build-up utilizes a filling agent to create an ideal shape a crown can adhere to. The procedure can be more intense based on the damage caused to the tooth. Sometimes a root canal is needed to pull the pulp out of the tooth and replace it with filling material, and a post to build up the structural integrity of the post. The crown is added as the final step.
Will a Crown Look Natural?
Depending on the material you select, crowns can look natural. The location of the tooth, space, and shape are some of the main factors determining the material for the crown. A crown made out of porcelain can look like a natural tooth.
How to Maintain Your Oral Hygiene After Getting a Crown
Failure to maintain proper dental hygiene as well as grinding and clenching can cause damage to your crown. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects like ice or certain other foods. Along with brushing your teeth daily and regular visits to dentists, flossing and working to remove any plaque between the crown and surrounding teeth and gums are also important.