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Everything You Need to Know About a Dental Crown


Sometimes with all the technical jargon floating around and patients becoming more aware of the processes and procedures involved in dentistry, it is easy to overlook the simplest and most important questions. When you have a need for restoration of any sort, the first question we should be answering is what your options are and describing them to you so you can make an educated decision. Dental crowns are prosthetic devices that attach to the top of your teeth.

Dental crowns also go by the term, dental caps, or just caps for short because they encompass the entire top of your tooth or even replace the entire thing. When we find a damaged tooth, has damage that may or may not be repairable, or is in a situation where decay has taken its toll, we start looking at dental crowns as the solution. Without capping of the tooth, infections can often spread, exposing you to even more serious conditions, which is why having dental crowns is important.

What is a dental crown used for?

Dental crowns are a very versatile tool that we can apply to a range of situations to protect, enhance, and even replace teeth. Most commonly, patients will find crowns on damaged teeth that have sustained some level of trauma. Where there is a break in a tooth that leaves a significant crack or chip, there arises the fear that the damage will spread or infection might set in. If the crack is too deep, we will not be able to fill it and save the tooth. If the chip takes too much of the tooth, there is a danger that the filling will not hold; making filling the tooth impractical.

In cases like this, we will turn to dental crowns. Dental crowns cover the entire damaged portion of the tooth and ensure that it functions properly. In addition to the repair work with dental crowns, they can also be work as a replacement when the tooth is lost. Crowns work perfectly with dental implants to give an ideal replacement tooth. Because crowns consist of realistic-looking materials, the new false tooth will look exactly like a natural one.

How is a dental crown attached or placed?

Dental crowns are placed over a period of two separate clinic visits. Dental crowns are not a temporary solution, as we will be shaving down a portion of your tooth enamel to make way for the crown. This also removes any decay or defects that might cause problems at a later date. We will then take detailed measurements and an imprint for the lab to build you a custom dental crown set. At the end of the first visit, you will leave with a temporary set of dental crowns, which we will replace with your permanent set once they return from the lab.

Call our Franklin dental office at (615) 295-8290 for an appointment or more information.

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