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When to Consider a Dental “Crowning”

Have you ever been crowned? Millions of American men and women wear dental crowns, or caps, to cover teeth that have for some reason gone bad. A capping procedure is safe and effective, and can improve both your dental health and the way you look to others.

The Purpose of Dental Crowns

Not everyone has a naturally perfect smile. Even teeth that look good may not be healthy and will require special attention. An original tooth may be badly shaped or discolored and need a cosmetic improvement. Additionally, teeth may be damaged through injury or neglectful personal behavior, such as using them to open bottles. In the event of a more extensive treatment, a crown can be used to cover a dental implant.

There are actually different types of crowns. Some are constructed of gold or metal alloy, or they can be made of porcelain. Still other caps use a combination of metal and porcelain. Metal crowns are known for their durability, but they can stand out in your mouth. Crowns that are completely ceramic can be made to match your other teeth. Some crowns combine the durability of metal and the aesthetic appeal of porcelain. Your dentist can help you decide what type of crown is best for your own needs.

Fitting a Dental Crown

A capping procedure is similar to a filling, although it will require two visits to the dental office. In the first visit, you will be given a local anesthetic to eliminate pain, after which the tooth will be filed down to allow for proper placement of the crown. The dentist will then take an impression, actually a mold from which the fixture will be cast. A temporary crown will be used to cover and protect the area until the final product is completed. A capping may be done in conjunction with a root canal, which is more involved because it involves the removal of the nerve within and then the sealing of the tooth.

In the second session, the crown will be carefully fitted and then cemented into place atop the remaining portion of the tooth, and you will, of course, be given the opportunity to evaluate the finished product. The crown will restore your tooth to either its original or to a desired appearance, and depending upon its composition could last for years or even decades. A consultation with a professional dentist can help you decide whether and how you can benefit from a good “crowning,” or rather from dental crown treatment. Contact South Temple Dental today for a free consultation.