What you should know if your dentist suggests dental crowns

If you are suffering from a pain in your mouth, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible so that you can get relief and help to fix the problem. He or she may recommend a dental crown as a way to fix the problem. The definition of a dental crown is that it is a synthetic material that is used to cover a tooth.  It is usually made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or it can be all porcelain/ceramic. There are several reasons why your dentist may suggest you have this done.

Getting a crown is a two visit procedure.  Dental crowns are always made outside of your dentist’s office, regardless of the material used.  That is the main reason why they tend to be pricey.  Your dentist will begin by making an impression of your bite and will then send it out so that the crown can be made to the exact fit of your mouth.

While metal crowns tend to hold up the longest, they are not the most attractive. Therefore, many people choose crowns that are made of porcelain that is fused to metal. Bear in mind that it is not uncommon for the metal to be seen at the bottom.  If you choose, porcelain and ceramic crowns, they look nice but are not as strong as those that contain metal. Resin is the cheapest and least durable option available in dental crown.

Dental crowns are often recommended when you have a tooth that needs or has a large filling.  It will help to strengthen the tooth being filled.  Additionally, root canals also often end up causing people to need dental crowns because the tooth is dead and needs to be protected so that it does not crack or chip.  Another reason your dentist may suggest the need for a dental crown is because you have a cracked tooth and chewing has caused fractures inside the tooth.  A crown helps to redistribute the stress caused by chewing and also eliminates the pain that accompanies it.  Broken cusps and excessive wear on your teeth can also lead to dental crowns and some people get them as a way to make their mouth look better.  Dental crowns can also be placed on top of implanted teeth as a way to remove space from missing teeth.

If your dentist suggests that you need a dental crown you will be given a local.  He or she will then perform whatever procedure is necessary before you are fitted for the crown.  Once those steps are complete, your dentist will shave down your tooth in order to make room for the crown.  An impression of the affected teeth will be made and a picture will be taken so that the crown matches the rest of your teeth.

You will then be given a temporary crown and will return when the permanent crown is ready.  You will be given another shot of local anesthesia and the permanent dental crown will be placed in your mouth.