You've probably heard about people getting caps on their teeth. But if you've never before had one yourself, you might be curious about exactly what dental crowns are.
What Dental Crowns Look and Feel Like
A dental crown is simply a solid piece of restorative material that fits snugly over your tooth like a helmet on a football player. While the crown protects your tooth like a helmet, it looks a lot nicer!
The material is usually made of porcelain or some other resin-based substance. This way, it will match the color of your natural teeth. Caps don't have to be made of gold, especially if your tooth is exposed for the world to see! They're also shaped to look just like the teeth they cover. No one ever has to know that you have a crown.
Your crown may take a little getting used to, but you'll soon forget it's there. Your protective restoration will let you keep chewing your favorite foods and smiling with confidence.
How Do You Get a Crown?
Your first appointment will start with the dentist numbing your tooth and then carefully trimming it. The outer layer of tooth material has to be removed to ensure a good fit. This also gets rid of any damaged or decayed surfaces—you definitely don't want these things trapped under the cap.
Next, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth with a special putty. This mold is used to design the finished crown. While you wait until your next appointment to get the permanent crown, you'll have a temporary one to wear in the meantime.
Signs You May Need a Dental Crown
Crowns provide total coverage and protection for teeth that are just too weak to hold up on their own. If a tooth is too thinned out to retain a filling, then a crown is the most reliable route to go.
Your smile might benefit from a crown if you notice any teeth that are:
· Deeply decayed
· Worn down
· Loaded with old and broken fillings
· Heavily stained
· Widely spaced out
· Irregularly shaped
As you may have noticed with those last few items on the list, crowns can serve a cosmetic purpose as well as a restorative one.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Sometimes, a crown may be just one of your treatment options. Other times, it may be your only realistic choice. Your dentist will let you know what will work best in your case.
Either way, you can still look forward to these great benefits:
· A beautifully complete smile
· Strengthened tooth
· Protection for sensitive tooth
· Anchor for a dental bridge
· Closing of gaps between teeth
Are you looking for a dental crown dentist in Houston?
Check in with a Summit Dental Center location near you. We offer a free consultation, x-rays and treatment plan!
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