Procedures for Dental Crowns made to look like natural teeth and how long it will last.

A Dental crown is a man-made or artificial covering that fixed prosthetic restorations made to restore a damaged tooth to its original shape and size. A Dental crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments. They’re permanently cemented on teeth that have cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise damaged, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal.

Dentists install crowns to perform several important functions. They protect weak teeth, restore broken teeth, prevent cracked teeth from breaking further, and support teeth that have large fillings. Crowns restore the appearance, shape, and alignment of a damaged tooth. After a crown is cemented in place, it’s usually the only visible part of the tooth. Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Procedures for Dental Crowns :-

  • Numbing the Tooth

The first step of the dental crown procedure involves using a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. Then, they’ll use a dental drill and an abrasive bur to remove the outer surface of the tooth on the top and all sides, creating enough room for the crown to be placed.

  • Make an Impression of the teeth

The dentist will take alginate impressions of both your upper and lower dental arches. These impressions will be poured in stone to create a stone model of your teeth. The models will be sent to the dental laboratory for use when making your crown. It usually takes about two to three weeks to get the crown back from the dental laboratory after the dentist sends them the impression.

  • Placing a Temporary Crown

It’s not good for the tooth to leave it uncovered over that time, so your dentist will install a temporary crown during your initial visit. Placing a temporary crown over the prepared tooth may seem like a cosmetic necessity, but in actuality, the temporary crown is very important for a number of reasons.

  • Cementing Permanent Crown

Once the prepared tooth is completely numb, your dentist will remove the temporary crown from the tooth. All of the temporary cement is removed from the tooth, and the tooth is completely dried. Your dentist will then try the permanent crown on the tooth. Using a piece of dental floss, your dentist will also check the contacts in between the crown and adjacent teeth to ensure there is an ideal contact between the teeth. Finally, dentists then use a special cement to affix the crown to the tooth. When the cement cures, the crown is firmly attached to the tooth.

Dental crowns helps to restore the shape, strength, functionality, and appearance of a damaged tooth. After you have one placed, you’ll be able to use your tooth to chew again without risking damage to what’s underneath it. Crowns protect the vulnerable part of the tooth by physically holding it together and shielding it from damage.

How long it will last?

Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.

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Written by Dr. Samir Patel

Thayer Dental Care is a family dentist clinic serving patients in Mammoth Spring, Hardy AR. Our cosmetic dentist offers affordable dental care in Thayer MO.

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