A crown is a “cap” that is normally placed over a tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials, but the majority of crowns are made of a precious metal base, which is then layered with porcelain.
Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been broken or that have been weakened by decay.
Here are some examples of instances why you might need a crown:
You have a discoloured tooth and would like to improve it’s appearance;
You have a root filling and need a crown to protect what is left of your tooth;
You have a missing tooth, multiple crowns can be used to replace it (This is called a bridge);
You have an implant and need a crown to cover it.
The procedure of fitting a crown is simple: your dentist will shape your tooth to fit your crown by removing a layer of the outer surface and leaving a strong inner core. The thickness of the crown is the same thickness as the layer of the outer surface of the tooth removed. After the tooth is shaped your dentist will take a mould of the prepared tooth, and one of the opposite jaw. The impressions are then sent to a dental technician, along with information regarding the shade of the crown you and your dentist have chosen together. The shade of the crown is chosen to match your other teeth to make sure that the crown looks natural when it is placed. Your dentist can place a temporary crown as the dental technician is preparing your permanent crown. When the crown is ready to be placed your dentist will use a special cement/adhesive to hold the crown in place.
Looking after your crown is simple: all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can form where the edge of the crown meets the tooth. It is therefore important to ensure that you keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. This will also ensure that your crown lasts for many, many years to come.
When your dentist recommends a crown it is usually to ensure that your teeth remain healthy, and your smile remains bright. Visit Smile Studio today for a consultation and more information if you think you may need a crown.