A crown isn’t just something that sits on the heads of royalty.
It’s also a useful addition to modern dentistry that can give you your smile back so that you too can feel naturally elegant.
What is a crown?
Crowns are used to save teeth. If you’ve ever had a cracked tooth or a root canal, your dentist may have also suggested adding a crown to keep the tooth strong. Most of the time they act as functional replacements that allow patients to keep a jeopardized tooth for decades or even a lifetime.
Years before dentists were able to fix your teeth with crowns that seamlessly blend into your existing tooth, you would be left with a thin band of gold or other metal at the edge where it met the gumline. Even if your dentist tried to place the edge under the gumline to hide it, the thin and semi-transparent nature of the edge of your gums wouldn’t be able to hide the darkness and opacity of the crown.
How are crowns placed?
It all begins with a dental exam and consultation. Your dentist will review your symptoms and then ask you about your goals. After that they’ll examine the health of your tooth and the surrounding area. If your dentist thinks that a crown is the right treatment, they’ll suggest it.
Once you agree to the treatment, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing the damaged materials to make room. They will then take impressions of your tooth that will be sent to the lab for the crown to be created. While you wait up to two weeks for the final product to come in, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown that is weaker than the permanent one. It is important to note that there might be some restrictions to your diet and special care instructions.
Once your permanent crown arrives, your dentist will check it for fit and colour. Once both of you are satisfied with the appearance and fit, it will be bonded to your tooth. At this point you can care for it like a natural tooth.
Are modern crowns noticeable?
Because dentistry is constantly evolving, researchers have figured out a way to place undetectable crowns on front teeth.
They can do it in many ways, including using all porcelain crowns that match the colour of your teeth. These don’t have metal substructures at all, so you don’t have to worry about seeing the line ever again. Another way for your dentist to fix your tooth is by reshaping the tooth in a way that makes the crown less noticeable.
Can I upgrade my old crowns?
Modern dentistry is the gift that keeps on giving.
If you received a crown in the past that you’re not happy with, you have the ability to repair the aesthetic damage. All you have to do is reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens.