What is the Purpose of Dental Crowns?
If you have recently been diagnosed with a severely broken, damaged, or infected tooth, our dentist may recommend the placement of a dental crown. A dental crown, also known as a fixed prosthetic cap, is cemented onto a tooth to restore its form, function, and appearance while also strengthening the tooth. Dental crowns are designed to cover the entire surface of a tooth, creating a seamless, natural look that blends in with your surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns are typically used to treat teeth with severe decay, compromised dental fillings, or after a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction. They are also used to secure dental bridge restorations by anchoring the adjacent natural teeth. The utilization of a dental crown subsequent to a root canal procedure serves to enhance the structural integrity of the tooth, thereby minimizing the likelihood of requiring additional treatment.
There are various types of dental crown materials available, including ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, gold alloy crowns, and base metal alloy crowns. The choice of material depends on the filling materials used and the quality of the tooth being treated.
The process of creating a dental crown typically requires two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is reduced in size to ensure the crown fits correctly, and an impression is made of the tooth. A temporary crown is then placed while the permanent crown is being made. At the follow-up visit, the permanent crown is cemented onto the affected tooth.
Consistent daily oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing, along with regular professional dental cleanings and checkups, can help ensure the longevity of your dental crown. If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns or would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists in Edina, MN, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.