Dental crowns protect and help improve the stability and look of your teeth. If your teeth have caused you discomfort or embarrassment, dental crowns can help! Here’s everything you need to know about how they work, how the different types fit specific needs, and what to expect when getting them.

Why might I need a dental crown?

Protection

Damage prevention

Because they’re permanently cemented, dental crowns can help repair broken or chipped teeth as well as cover a damaged tooth.

Strong Tooth

Stability

A crown might be necessary if you have a cavity that’s too large to fill or if you need support for your dental bridge.

Whitening

Cosmetic

Aside from their medical uses, dental crowns can also serve cosmetic purposes. They can cover missing teeth, and hide any discoloration or decay, giving you a full, healthy smile.

How does a dental crown work?

When considering what to expect when getting a dental crown, it’s important to know how they work. For some patients, the idea of a dental procedure is intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Dental care has come a long way since the days of your grandfather’s root canal. Now, most dental procedures are quick and painless, even allowing most people to return to their normal routines the same day. The dental crown procedure is no exception, and if you’re wondering how to boost your confidence instantly, a dental crown is well worth pursuing.

First, the dentist will numb the tooth, typically with a quick injection. This is followed by taking impressions of the tooth—and the surrounding teeth. At this stage, some dentists will determine the shade for the dental crown that will best match the rest of the teeth. After this, the dentist will very precisely remove any decay from the tooth before taking the final impression.

A template crown is made to ensure the perfect size and fit and then the permanent crown is cemented in place. After the initial prick of the needle that numbs the area, you shouldn’t feel much during the procedure. Dental crown placement is common and your dentist will be highly experienced in completing the procedure quickly and efficiently.

What are dental crowns made of?

Ceramic and porcelain 

These options look the most natural and can be matched to the color and shade of the surrounding teeth. Along with being a great shade match, ceramic and porcelain crowns are also relatively sturdy. If your crown will be visible, your dentist will likely recommend this material. However, if the damage goes to the root, your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown that’s fused to a metal base.

Ceramic crowns are also made from zirconia, which is the strongest crown material on the market. It’s even stronger and looks better than metal.

For more information

Dental crowns can improve your oral health as well as your smile. For more information, contact Dean Dental Solutions today at (501) 771-2911 to schedule an appointment.