Curious About Dental Crowns? Information You Should Know

Posted on: 24 March 2017

If you are curious about dental crowns, you may be surprised at everything they can do to help your teeth. For example, they can be used if you crack one of your teeth. Below is some more information about dental crowns. You will find this information even more helpful if your dentist ever recommends you have one.

Dental Crowns Can Hide Flaws

If you have any flaws in your teeth, such as a tooth that is misshapen or discolored, a dental crown can make the tooth look normal again. This is because the material used for the crown is the same shade and size of your natural tooth. Your tooth will then look like it was before any type of damage. Once the crown is in place you treat it just like you do your other teeth when it comes to brushing and flossing.

If you want to hide the flaws but also want to make the dental crowns fun, the dental lab can make them in silver or gold.

The Dental Crown Procedure Is Easy

The procedure for the dental crown does not take a long time and is not hard for the dentist to do. During the procedure, the dentist will use a special tool that files the tooth to make the tooth small enough for the crown to fit over. This does not hurt at all but you will have a very bad taste in your mouth while the dentist is filing your tooth. They will stop every few minutes and rinse out your  mouth because of this.

The dental assistant will put a mold in your mouth to make an impression of the tooth. The mold will then be sent to a lab. While it is being made, the dentist will put a temporary crown over the damaged tooth that is held by a temporary cement. You have to be careful during this time as the temporary crown can pop off if you do not follow your dentist's instructions. If this happens you need to contact your dentist immediately. Ask your dentist what you should do if this happens to you just in case the cap comes off when their office is closed.

When the new crown is finished, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and use permanent cement to place the new crown over the tooth.

Your dentist can go over all this information with you in more detail so you can have a good understanding.