You might not be able to see them, but a lot of people have crowns. We don't mean the crowns that people wear for royal events, or even beauty pageants. The crowns people wear every day are in their mouths, and they protect teeth that have been damaged from disease or injury. Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry procedure. If you don't know what dental crowns are or what they are used for, let Zhou Dental Care give you some information about dental crowns.
What Are Crowns?
You may have heard crowns called dental caps. Dental caps or crowns fit over your teeth. We use crowns to protect your teeth if they are experiencing serious tooth decay, or they have been injured accidentally. People have been using crowns to cover teeth for decades. Not that long ago, all the crowns we used were either gold or silver. While that was in style for a while, our patients today prefer a more natural look for their mouths. We usually make crowns today from porcelain that is placed over a metal cap to give it extra strength. The crown looks very much like your natural tooth - so natural in fact, that no one will know you have a crown except you - and us.
Why Are Crowns Used?
We usually use crowns when we need to save a tooth. Teeth get damaged over the course of their lifetimes. Sometimes, patients can break a tooth while they are eating. Teeth can also be broken when people clench or grind their teeth at night, which leaves teeth fractured or cracked. We use crowns to cover a tooth that has a lot of damage from tooth decay, in order to save it. If you have a large cavity, over time, your tooth can get really infected. When that happens, the pulp - or inside - of your tooth can get really infected and painful. We use a root canal procedure to clean out the infection, which saves your tooth, but leaves it really weak. We strengthen your tooth by putting a crown on it, which protects your tooth from any more damage.
How Are Crowns Placed?
How we place a crown depends on what we are using a crown for. In general, we would first place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while we make a permanent crown. When your permanent crown is ready, we shave your tooth - just a little - so that your new crown fits perfectly and bonds well with your natural tooth. We then use dental cement to put your new crown on. For most patients, getting a crown put on doesn't require anesthesia or even gum numbing, because it is painless. We check the fit of your crown and make sure it fits perfectly into your bite pattern, and you're ready to go.
If you're ready to talk to us about the possibility of getting a crown, why not give Zhou Dental Care a call at 503-282-3884. We would love to talk to you today about why we think crowns are so important when it comes to protecting your tooth from damage or decay. Give us a call today, and let us schedule you an appointment.