Dental Crowns: Purpose and Procedure

Dental Crowns: Purpose and Procedure

Dental crowns are small, thin, tooth-shaped caps that are typically constructed of porcelain and used by a dentist to conceal or hold together teeth that have been badly chipped or cracked, in order to preserve the underlying tooth and to improve the aesthetic appearance.

A dental crown will fully encase and conceal the visible portion of the tooth; the crown helps to restore the shape and size of the original tooth, as well as preserve the strength of the tooth.

A dentist may use a dental crown in a range of dental procedures, including to protect a tooth that has been weakened and may crack or break; to restore the appearance of an already-broken or excessively worn tooth; to cover and support large tooth fillings, such as those used in root-canal treatment; to support a dental bridge; to cover a severely discolored tooth, or other cosmetic alteration. Dental crowns are also used in dental implants, and are affixed to the titanium supports used in the treatment. 

A dental crown will fully encase and conceal the visible portion of the tooth; the crown helps to restore the shape and size of the original tooth, as well as preserve the strength of the tooth.

Dental crown treatments normally involve two visits to a dentist. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth that will receive the crown; the dentist strips away a small amount of tooth enamel from the surface of the tooth, before taking an impression of the newly-treated tooth in order to create the crown, and also to ensure that the dental crown, once fitted, won’t interfere or affect with the patient’s normal bite pattern. The dentist will also affix a temporary crown over the treated tooth, which will be later removed to accommodate the permanent crown.

The dental crown can be colored to match with the patient’s existing, natural tooth color to provide a better and more natural-looking finish.

Once the crown has been manufactured by a dental lab in accordance with the dental impressions, the dental crown is then affixed to the original tooth during the second visit. The dentist will check the crown for a good fit, and coloration, and once all is acceptable, the crown is permanently cemented into place.

Once in place, dental crowns can be cared for in the same way as natural teeth; regular brushing and flossing will help to keep them looking clean, while preserving the health of the underlying tooth; and if looked after properly, dental crowns can last for many years.

If you are in need of a dental crown, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Melisa Christian at 214-522-4330 to schedule your consultation today.