CEREC® machines have revolutionized the way that dental restorations like crowns and veneers are made. The conventional way of getting any dental restoration usually takes two visits to the clinic. That can be inconvenient for people with busy schedules.With conventional crowns, the first visit is used to prepare the patient’s tooth for the restoration, which…
Can a Dental Crown Restore Damaged Teeth?
Many people are familiar with dental crowns and the purpose they serve. They have long been in the standard in dentistry for addressing teeth that are not in great shape. However, the question that often comes up is whether or not they can successfully restore the damage done. Keep reading to find out more!
Understanding dental crowns
Below is a quick overview of how a dental crown can be used to restore a tooth that is in bad shape. This information can be helpful to review when looking into different restorative treatment options.
Dental crowns are probably the most popular way to restore teeth that are damaged, whether it be due to decay or injury. they are most commonly used to address cavities, chips, cracks and replacements. However, they can also be placed to cover imperfections, like stains or spots.
Dentists recommend dental crowns as restorative treatment because they completely cover the tooth that is damaged, unlike a dental veneer or filling. The ability to cap the entire tooth ensures a full restoration, which renews the tooth so that it can function and feel like new.
A dental crown procedure is relatively straightforward; however, there are a few steps to be aware of.
- The dentist applies a numbing agent to minimize discomfort
- Damaged parts of the tooth are removed with a dental drill
- Impressions are taken of the tooth so that the lab can custom make the dental crown
- The entire tooth is cleaned and disinfected
- A temporary dental crown made of composite resin is applied for a week or so
- The patient returns to the dentist's office for permanent crown placement, which may be made of porcelain, gold, metal alloys or porcelain fused to metal, which is a popular hybrid option
- Any adjustments are made to ensure a proper and secure fit
The steps may vary per dental practice; however, the ones listed above are general. For example, some practices may offer same-day dental crowns, which eliminates the need for a temporary one and multiple appointments.
Life after dental crown placement
After a dental crown is placed, life is very different! Patients are able to eat, speak and smile comfortably. Dentists do recommend that patients avoid foods that are tough, chewy or hard as this can dislodge and damage the dental crown, resulting in a need for another restoration. Of course, good oral hygiene is recommended, as well as this ensures that the gums surrounding the restored tooth are healthy and remain in good shape.
Find out more
Individuals who are experiencing a damaged tooth should consult directly with a dentist to find out more about dental crowns. The dentist can perform an evaluation to determine if a dental crown is a suitable treatment option. Additionally, questions or concerns about the procedure can be appropriately addressed. Reach out today to learn more or to get scheduled for a consultation appointment with the dentist!
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