Dental crowns are one of the most versatile dental appliances available. A crown is a covering that encases an entire tooth surface, which can help to restore the tooth to its original size and strength. Crowns can be used for restorative reasons to restore a decayed tooth, cosmetic reasons to make the tooth look better, or for preventive reasons to strengthen the tooth before additional damage occurs.
Reasons for getting a dental crown:
While dental crowns are made of many materials, porcelain is the most commonly used material. It most closely resembles a natural tooth in its shades of white and sheen. Crowns are custom made to match the other teeth in the mouth, so a dental crown will never stick out when smiling. It will blend naturally with the rest of the teeth.
Receiving a dental crown is an easy two-step process. First, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth which will assist in the creation of your custom crown. The spacing and surrounding teeth will be taken into consideration to help make a very natural appliance. Your dentist will also prepare the area and install a temporary crown to protect the tooth. When the final product is complete, the dentist will swap out the temporary for the finalized product. If adjustments need to be made, your dentist will do so and then affix the permanent crown.