Your teeth actually extend quite far down into your mouth. The portion of the tooth that is visible above the gumline is known as the crown. The crown of a tooth is prone to infection and damage just like the lower portion of your tooth. When it does get damaged, we can use a restorative technique involving a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are coverings that go over the actual crown of your tooth. This can be necessary when your tooth has a severe cavity or is extensively damaged. Before dental crowns were developed, a serious injury to the crown of the tooth would’ve led to an extraction. Thanks to dental innovations, the crown-placement technique lets us save these teeth!
Dental crowns can protect teeth, but they have value in cosmetic dentistry as well. Crowns placed over teeth can improve their appearance by changing their shape or color.
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns can be temporary or more lasting. Dental crowns come in several different materials:
- Steel: This material is usually used for temporary crowns.
- Porcelain: These types of crowns are the ones that will imitate the natural surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns can either be exclusively porcelain or fused to metal.
- Metal: Crowns for the molars in the very back of the mouth are typically made with metal. The teeth are far enough back that no one will see the metal.
How are dental crowns placed?
Our team at Porter Dental Health Clinic know how to put dental crowns on quickly and efficiently. The procedure doesn’t take long at all. The surrounding tissue will be numbed before the procedure. Afterward, there might be some tenderness, but it will fade quickly.
Questions about dental crowns? Give our office a call today and set up an appointment with us!