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What to Expect When Getting Dental Crowns [Cosmetic Dentist]
Dental crowns are sturdy and versatile. Regular dentists use them to treat teeth that suffer from decay or injury. Cosmetic dentists use crowns to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Many times, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry intersect, so a cosmetic dentist will often treat patients with tooth decay or an injury that affects the person’s smile.
If you feel that you need a dental crown, read on to find out how dental crowns work and what to expect when you get one.
How dental crowns work
A dental crown sits on top of a tooth, engulfing it completely. Crowns serve one of three purposes. A dentist may use a crown to protect a tooth from further structural damage and/or infection, or they may use the crown to correct a cosmetic problem. A crown can also help replace one or more missing teeth.
A crown is hollow to accommodate the tooth it sits on. This is one of the reasons it is also known as a dental cap. Here is what to expect when you get a dental crown.
The process of getting a dental crown
A dental crown can sit on top of a natural tooth, or it can sit on top of a dental implant. This means that a cosmetic dentist will use a different procedure for each situation.
Dental crowns as tooth restorations
A cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough exam to determine if a dental crown is the best way to restore a patient’s tooth. They will perform a visual exam and take X-ray images of the problem tooth. Once the cosmetic dentist decides to place a crown, here is what happens next:
- The dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic
- They will clean the tooth and remove a portion of the enamel to make room for the dental restoration
- The dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth, as well as the healthy teeth that flank it
- They will clean the tooth to remove debris and place a temporary crown over the tooth
The cosmetic dentist will send the patient home and schedule a second appointment. They will send the impression of the tooth to a dental lab for fabrication. They will also instruct the dental lab to create a crown that matches the color of the patient’s teeth. Once the dental lab sends the crown to the dentist, they will set up a second appointment with the patient. Here is what happens during the second appointment:
- The dentist numbs the patient and removes the temporary crown
- They apply a dental adhesive on the surface of the tooth
- The dentist then fits the crown over the tooth and makes adjustments to ensure that the crown fits just right
- They send the patient home after scheduling a follow-up appointment
Dental crowns as replacements for missing teeth
Dental crowns can act as supports (abutments) for dental bridges. In this scenario, the crowns may sit on top of natural teeth or they may sit on top of an implant. An implant-supported crown can also replace a single missing tooth.
Once the dental implant fuses with the bone, the dentist can attach a connector to the implant. The outer end of the connector ends up sitting above the gum line. After the gums heal around this connector (or abutment), the cosmetic dentist steps in. The type of crown that sits on top of a dental implant is hollow, with allowance for an abutment. The cosmetic surgeon screws the crown onto the abutment, which anchors said crown in place.
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