If you have one or more teeth that are heavily filled, broken down, in a weakened state or unsightly, ceramic crowns can improve their structure, appearance and functionality. Teeth that have been damaged from external forces or multiple procedures can become prone to fracturing, but crowns can restore their stability.
A ceramic crown, often referred to as a porcelain crown, is a dental restoration that covers an existing tooth that has been broken or decayed, helping to fill out any missing structure and creating a full tooth again. A dental crown is carefully created to match the natural appearance of your teeth, helping to ensure proper functionality of the affected tooth and a seamless appearance in your smile. These tooth-shaped ‘caps’ ensure the tooth is protected from any further damage.
There are many situations where getting a crown is a dentist’s preferred treatment, even after previous treatment has occurred. Any tooth with filling that makes up more than half of the tooth structure should be looked at for a crown. While fillings are incredibly useful for minor issues, they are not suited to sustaining a tooth’s health and functionality where there is a major fracture or decay.
Other situations include where a tooth has significant decay, a deep fracture, or has recently undergone a root canal treatment. In these cases, a ceramic crown will provide structural support and reinforce the strength of the tooth after treatment.
It’s important not to delay getting a crown for too long when a tooth needs it. If left alone, the original tooth structure may become significantly compromised, and more comprehensive treatments may be required, including implant procedures.
Getting a crown can take some time, but it is worthwhile to preserve and support the longevity of your tooth. The process of getting a dental crown begins with a thorough examination of the affected tooth and your surrounding oral health to assess how best to construct and place a crown that will be safe and appear natural. From here, the tooth is prepared for the crown by removing some excess enamel and tooth structure to create an appropriate space. Other treatments may be required beforehand, including root canal.
Your dentist will then use an impression of your teeth to ensure the crown is fabricated with the precise dimensions of your tooth in mind, making it a perfect fit. While it is being prepared, you will wear a temporary crown to preserve function. The final crown will then be bonded securely to your tooth with a strong dental adhesive.
Combining strength and aesthetics, ceramic crowns are one of the best options available to improve a damaged tooth. Some of the primary advantages include:
Unfortunately, ceramic crowns are not available in every situation. Your dentist will always start with a careful assessment to examine your gum health and rule out any nerve damage prior to crowning a tooth.
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