If your dentist has recommended a dental crown, you might be wondering what exactly that means. A dental crown is basically a cap that will cover a tooth, or what’s remaining of one. It can be used to restore a tooth to its natural shape and size, while also making it easier for you to bite and chew using the tooth.
A crown can be used for both functional and cosmetic reasons. Some instances in which you may need a crown include if you have a cavity that is too large to be filled, if you have a missing tooth and require a dental bridge, if you need to cover up a dental implant, or if you have a cracked, worn down, or weak tooth that needs to be protected. Dental crowns may also be suggested if you have had a root canal or if you have a badly shaped/discolored tooth and you’d like to cover it.
When making a crown, the material may be colored in order to blend in better with your natural teeth. Because your dentist wants the crown to fit naturally with your smile’s natural shade, they will likely use the position of the gum, your preference, and some other factors to decide on the color for your crown.
Several steps go into placing the crown, but usually it consists of: preparing the tooth so the crown will fit properly, making an impression of it, giving you a temporary crown, and then (about two weeks later) installing the permanent crown in your mouth. You may need some adjustments to be made, but once you are happy with the crown, your dentist will cement it into your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns in North Charleston, contact our office and schedule your appointment today.