Dental crowns are a very common tooth restoration procedure, but many people may not know exactly what they are. If you have a broken or decaying tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown. Here are some frequently asked questions about dental crowns that you may want to consider before the procedure.
A crown is a cap that has the look and feel of a natural tooth which is placed over the existing tooth to restore it to its natural size, shape, and strength.
Crowns can be made in a variety of ways. Some are metal and have a gold or silver color to them. Some crowns are made entirely out of a ceramic material such as porcelain. These crowns most closely resemble the natural tooth. Some crowns use a mixture of metal and porcelain. Talk to your dentist about which type of crown is right for your restoration.
After the tooth is numbed to provide comfort during the procedure, the existing tooth is trimmed into a specific shape to accommodate the crown. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth in order to fabricate the crown. Once the crown is made, your dentist will cement or bond the crown to your existing tooth.
The timeline for receiving your final crown will depend largely on whether your dentist sends the impressions to a laboratory, which can take weeks, or whether they have chairside restoration, meaning your crowns are made in office the same day. Dr. James P. Zimmerman of Woodland, CA offers CEREC chairside crowns, which eliminates the need for a temporary crown. If having your crown placed immediately is important to you, be sure to see a dentist who specializes in chairside restorations.
If you have decaying or broken teeth in need of restoration, talk to your dentist about dental crowns. Ask Dr. Zimmerman what type of crown material they use and how long your restoration will take. A well-made crown can help restore your bite, your smile, and your confidence.
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