How Dental Crowns Work

A dental crown, or cap, is an indispensable dental solution. It works well when your tooth is damaged and even when there is no tooth at all. Read on and find out how crowns are made and how they are used. 

Use of Crowns

This type of dental remedy is also known as a cap most because it does appear to be a cap. The inside of the crown is hollow, and the outside is made of materials like ceramics and tough plastics. Crowns are designed to be extremely tough and long-lasting. They should not fall off or be loose once properly installed. Crowns can be used in several ways:

  • They can cover a damaged tooth where the decay has been removed leaving only a partial tooth that needs to be protected. 
  • They can cover a cracked or chipped tooth to prevent further weakening and breakage.
  • They can serve as a cosmetic false tooth when implants are inserted or when bridgework is performed. 

Fit Is Key

Your dentist understands how important the fit of your crown can be. A loose crown can invite bacteria in and that can wreak havoc with any existing natural tooth as well as your gums. That is why the fitting process is so precise. Although many dentists use the traditional tray filled with impression material, some use a digital camera to make precise measurements of the area around the crown. These measurements or impressions are then sent to a dental lab for the creation of the crown. 

In some cases, your gums may be a bit swollen and that may affect the fit of the crown. The impression, no matter what method is used, may incorrectly measure your tooth for the new crown. Swollen gums may be the result of irritation or gum disease. It's important for your dentist to determine the cause of the swelling before anything else is done. In some cases, the dentist may gently retract your gums using instruments or a thin string. Those with sensitive gums may experience some discomfort. Ask your dentist about pain relief measures if so. 

Your Temporary Crown

In many cases, the creation of a crown may take several weeks to be accomplished, If so, your dentist may fashion a temporary crown in some cases. Temporary crowns are created from your impressions so they will fit and be tough enough to last a few weeks. Speak to your dentist about foods to avoid and how to care for the temp crown. 

Crowns are an amazing way to cover up a less-than-perfect smile. For more info about dental crown treatments, contact a local company.