Dental Crowns: A Royal Repair for Your Smile

Dental Crowns: A Royal Repair for Your Smile

Oct 31, 2018

If you are currently suffering from one or more broken, decayed, weak, cracked, or just unattractive teeth, it is very probable that your local dentist can fix the problems with dental crowns. Crowns, in essence are caps that cover teeth that need a little bit of help. This kind of cap looks and functions just like a healthy and natural tooth. In today’s article we will discuss more about dental crowns, whether or not insurance will help you pay the dentist bill, and how these crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth.

Know Your Crowns

Reasons for getting a dental crown include:

  • You have a cavity that is too large for a standard dental filling
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth
  • You’re getting a dental implant – the crown fits over the implant post.
  • You have a badly cracked or broken tooth
  • You have had a root canal, and the restored tooth needs reinforcement and protection
  • You have permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • You are not happy with the shape of your teeth

Crowns are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, gold, and metal alloys. Acrylic and composite resins are also very popular options in today’s dental crown market. Depending on where you plan to get your crown placed, and the functionality required for the crowned tooth, your dentist will then work with you to recommend the best material for your circumstances.

Getting A Dental Crown

To begin, your dentist will prepare the tooth that is to be crowned by removing any remaining decay. The tooth will then be shaped so that it can accept the crown, and your gums will likely be numbed during this process for your comfort. An impression of your teeth is then made, and this mold and the instructions for fabricating the crown is then sent to a dental laboratory. The permanent crown is made, and during the window of time in which the impression is being made and the permanent crown is placed, your dentist may recommend a temporary crown in the meantime.

We know cosmetic dentistry can be a big decision to make, so we want to help you by making it easier! If you have lingering questions concerning dental crowns, or other treatments, all of us here at Great Smile in La Mesa in La Mesa, CA, would love the opportunity to help! Give us a call or send us an email to schedule your very first appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!