What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns (also known as caps) are restorative attachments designed to cover a chipped or broken tooth or to fill in for missing or extracted teeth.Â Not only do dental crowns enhance a smile, but they may also facilitate eating and speaking. Â
Getting a dental crown generally takes two visits to the dentist.Â The first visit is for preparation and a thorough assessment.Â Depending on the condition of the tooth, a root canal may be recommended prior to proceeding.Â Before making dental caps, the patient will receive local anesthesia as the tooth is filed down.Â Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist makes an impression around which to mold the crown.Â
Patients can choose from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic crowns.Â The differences between each material are primarily durability and appearance.Â Metal crowns, for example, usually withstand the most wear, but can be unsightly when worn in the front of the smile.Â On the other hand, ceramic crowns are the most attractive, but are the least durable.Â Â
In approximately two to three weeks, the patientâ€™s dental crown arrives.Â During the second visit, a local anesthetic will again numb the tooth and surrounding area as the crown is placed and secured.