You have a tooth that is getting a bit uncomfortable so you finally break down and call the dentist thinking it’s nothing more than a cavity or maybe a slight crack. Then the next thing you know you’re being told you need a crown installed. What is a crown and why do you need one?A dental crown is a tooth “cap” constructed from a variety of materials including stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, or other metals such as gold alloy which is then cemented over the remaining existing tooth.Your dentist will first make a putty impression of your tooth and then build a temporary acrylic crown. Those same impressions are sent to a dental lab where the permanent crown will be constructed. When the permanent crown is ready to be cemented, the fit, shading and bite will all be checked, the crown will then be cemented into place and you are ready to go. Now that you know a bit about how and what a crown is, why do you need one?
- To save a tooth that has a large filling and not a great deal of natural tooth left.
- To join or secure a bridge.
- To hold a cracked tooth together, cover a badly decayed tooth or a tooth that has been worn down.
- To cover a tooth that is misshapen or noticeably different in color.
Crowns are necessary for a variety of reasons, some for your dental health and some for cosmetic purposes. It is important to discuss with your dentist any concerns you may have if a crown is recommended. Looking for a great caring dentist in and around Crestwood/Sunset Hills? Call Ellis Dental today at 314.965.1334 for more information.
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