Reasons for Ceramic Crowns
There are a number of reasons that crowns may have been recommended for you during your routine dental visit. Or perhaps you’ve just seen your dentist for an unexpected dental event, like a chipped or cracked tooth and they were discussed as a solution. Usually for your dentist to recommend crowns you would have sustained a significant amount of damage from a break or decay and a regular filling may not be enough to bring them back to their original state.
Crowns may also have been recommended by your dentist to improve your overall appearance. Do you have teeth that are imperfectly shaped or badly stained? If so, they can be placed over those teeth to give your smile a more natural look.
For years crowns have been made with a ceramic overlay on top of a metal base. While they were effective in covering and protecting the tooth, the metal could sometimes be seen through their ceramic finish. This made the teeth look darker than the rest and the crowns were more noticeable.
Over the years, dental technology has improved the development of crowns, allowing today’s dentist the ability to use all-ceramic. All-ceramic crowns are designed to be the same shade as your natural teeth so they give them a more natural look. Also there is no metal that can show through them.
Ceramic Crown Procedure
Once you and your dentist have decided that crowns are the best treatment for you, it’s time to begin the procedure. Generally, the course of action to fit them will take two or three dental office visits.
Your dentist at Northpark Dental will begin by taking away the parts of your teeth that are damaged or frail, and then your dentist will reshape your original teeth to prepare them to host your new crowns. At this point your dentist will take an impression of your teeth that will be used by the dental lab to make new ones. Temporary crowns will be placed over your teeth until your new crowns are ready. Once your new crowns are back from the dental lab, your dentist will remove your temporary crowns and fit you with your new, permanent ones.
As always, you’ll want to be sure to take proper care of your original teeth and your new crowns by brushing and flossing twice a day and after eating sweets and foods that stain. This will help keep your teeth and gums fresh and clean, giving you a beautiful smile again!