Cosmetic Dentists spend a great deal of time fitting patients with crowns. Also knowns as caps, these oral restorations are placed over a patient's tooth and encase the entire visible part of the tooth. Crowns are used to improve the appearance, shape, size and strength of a tooth.
How Cosmetic Dentists use crowns to enhance smiles
Crowns are the "Most Valuable Player" when it comes to oral prosthetics. They are used for a wide variety of reasons, including:
The different types of dental crowns used by Cosmetic Dentists
Here are popular types of crowns that patients get to choose from:
1. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns
These types of crowns combine the durability of metals with the aesthetics of porcelain. Porcelain has similar properties as real teeth, like their translucency. PFM crowns are stronger than crowns made out of only porcelain, but the metal portion of the crown might eventually become visible at the gum line.
Cosmetic Dentists typically recommend PFM crowns for the back areas of the mouth, where the strength of the metal is needed for durability and the odds of anyone noticing the metal part of the crown is virtually zero.
2. All-resin crowns
These are the most affordable type of crowns, but they are also the least durable. They are more prone to fractures and staining than PFM crowns.
3. All-ceramic crowns
These types of crowns are completely made out of ceramics like porcelain. They provide the best aesthetics, so they are quite popular with Cosmetic Dentists. All-ceramic crowns can be used for both front and back teeth, but they are not as durable as PFM crowns.
Ceramic crowns are preferred for front teeth since they blend right in nicely with real teeth, creating better aesthetics.
Other types of crowns
The process of getting a crown usually calls for two trips to the dentist. After the first visit, the patient is fitted with a temporary crown that they wear while their custom crown is made in a dental lab. Temporary crowns used by cosmetic dentists are usually made out of resins.
Crowns can also be made out of stainless steel and other metal alloys. These types of crowns are typically used for restorative purposes since they create rather poor aesthetics.
A cosmetic dentists explains how crowns are installed
The process of getting a crown installed typically takes at least two visits. During the first visit, the doctor prepares the patient for the placement of the crown. During this visit, the dentist might use diagnostic tests like X-rays to examine the root of the affected tooth.
If the tooth has significant decay, if there an injury that damages the pulp chamber or if it is infected, a root canal might be performed to clean it out.
To begin preparing the patient for the treatment, the dentist will administer a shot of a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue around the tooth. The tooth that will be fitted with the crown is then reshaped along its sides and chewing surface to create space for the crown. The amount of enamel removed varies depending on the crown being used.
Not all patients have portions of enamel removed before getting a crown. If the tooth is already badly decayed, the dentist might have to build it up with filling so it can be covered up with a crown.
Once the patient's tooth is prepared, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth. A digital scanner can also be used to make an impression of it. The data is relayed to a dental lab, where the oral prosthetic is made. The process typically takes around two weeks. The prosthetic will be made to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown while they wait for their custom crown to be made.
Temporary crowns are held in place with temporary cement and are removed during the second appointment. The patient is then fitted with their customized crown, completing the process.
What happens next?
Some patients might experience discomfort and increased sensitivity after getting fitted with a crown. That rarely lasts longer than a few days, the amount of time it takes for the patient's body to recover from the inflammation and irritation that occurs during the procedure.
Patients should avoid sticky foods for the first 24 hours after getting a crown. This can lead to the crown becoming dislodged before the dental cement gets a chance to set. Patients should gradually introduce stickier and chewier foods after the first 24 hours. Patients should also avoid hot and cold foods during the first 24 hours after getting a crown.
Dental crowns can last up to 25 years, depending on the patient's dental hygiene and how well they take care of their teeth. Habits like teeth grinding and biting fingernails can reduce the longevity of crowns.
Crowns do not require any special maintenance. Good oral hygiene is all that is needed to get the most out of this oral prosthetic. Patients should brush their teeth twice each day, floss once a day and finish up each brushing session with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Ready to claim your crown?
Our cosmetic dentists has years of experience installing these prosthetics. They can be used to cover up any imperfections on your teeth and enhance your smile. Once the oral prosthetic is installed, no one will be able to tell that you have a dental restoration.
Call or visit our Charlotte location to find out how crowns can be used to improve the way your teeth look. Our cosmetic dentists will evaluate your smile and determine if a crown is the best way to improve the way your teeth look.
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