A crown restoration is one of the most common dental restorative procedures with a significant role in oral health. However, many people are intimidated about dental crowns due to their lack of understanding.
Our doctors and the team of oral healthcare professionals at B&G Family Dentistry, located near you in Livingston, want to educate our patients, both current and new, on the function and need for dental crowns.
A crown is a fixed prosthetic that is permanently cemented onto a cracked or damaged tooth. These crowns can extend to the root into the gumline, but usually they replace the outer “crown” of the patient’s natural tooth.
Crowns are custom-made to fit over and fully encase each tooth, and they can be made of resin, porcelain-metal amalgam, ceramic, or gold.
Essentially, crowns replace or support the function of a tooth that can no longer adequately perform on its own. Crowns support a tooth with a large filling or protect a cracked tooth from further damage.
Crowns are made to replace the top of a tooth and, when they are cemented in place, become part of the tooth itself. The crown is designed to function like the natural surface of your tooth while it protects the remainder of the natural tooth underneath.
The dentist will numb the surrounding gum tissue and the tooth itself before removing the top and sides of the tooth’s surface. There needs to be enough room for the dentist to place the crown. In some cases, there is not enough of the natural tooth left to provide an adequate foundation for the crown. In these situations, the dentist will add a build-up for the crown.
The crown is created in a dental lab from the impressions of the natural tooth, as well as its digital scans. From the time the dentist sends the scans and the impressions to the lab until the permanent crown is delivered to the dentistry, which is usually about 2-3 weeks, the patient will be fitted with a temporary crown.
Besides restoring the function of a defective tooth, a crown also maintains the structural integrity of the bite and the rest of the mouth. The gap created by a damaged tooth will cause bite problems when the surrounding teeth begin to migrate into the gap.
If you would like to receive a consultation on the benefits and the functions of a dental crown, then please contact the dental professionals at B&G Family Dentistry in Livingston. While dental crowns may not be the solution for every tooth restoration, it could be the solution for you.