Finding out that you are going to need a dental crown can be scary business. However, it is a common and safe procedure so it’s nothing to be afraid of. Today your Upper Marlboro dentist explains everything you need to know about crowns: what they are, how to prepare, and what the procedure involves. Learn more, below.
A Q&A On Dental Crowns With Your Upper Marlboro Dentist
Why do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are designed to hold broken and damaged teeth together to prevent further damage. Crowns can be made from stainless steel, metals such as gold or other alloys, a porcelain and metal fusion, resin, or ceramic. They may be recommended to fix a variety of issues, including
- A dental bridge that needs to be held in place
- A visible dental implant that needs to be covered
- A weak tooth that needs to be protected and supported
- A tooth with a large filling that needs to be supported because there isn’t much tooth left
Your Upper Marlboro dentist will be able to explain exactly why a crown will be beneficial in your situation.
How is a tooth prepared for a crown?
First, your Upper Marlboro dentist will take X-rays to ensure that the damage is not so extensive that a root canal is necessary. They will then numb the tooth and surrounding gums and file down the tooth enough to make room for the crown. If much of your tooth has been lost to decay then your Upper Marlboro dentist will use a filler material to add surface area to your tooth to ensure the crown will be adequately supported. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a putty will be used to make a mold of your tooth so a crown can be manufactured. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be installed. Once the crown has been made to fit your tooth, you’ll be ready for the procedure.
How is a dental crown installed?
Once your unique crown has arrived, you will need to visit your dentist again to have it installed. Your Upper Marlboro dentist will anesthetize the area and then cement the crown permanently into place.
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