The popular definition of a crown is something that a king or queen wears. It can also describe a part of your head. Oh wait, you were talking about dental crowns, weren’t you? Sure you were. Well, dental crowns are something that dentists put on an existing tooth or an implant post that looks just like a real tooth. You can chew with it, bite with it, brush it, and floss it. It looks so much like a real tooth that eventually you won’t even remember which tooth Cunnington Dental put the crown on, and if you don’t know, no one else will know either.
When Are Crowns Used?
Crowns are used when you have a cracked, broken or damaged tooth, even if damaged by tooth decay. A crown replaces the part of the original tooth that was damaged. They are made of a variety of materials all of which are safe to be worn in your mouth. They last for years, and if they fail, they can be replaced.
How Do You Fit the Crowns?
When you come in we will take an x-ray of your teeth. We can then better see the damage to the tooth in areas we can’t see with the naked eye. Once we look at the x-rays and determine where the damage is we clean up the tooth. We shave the rough edges so you won’t have anything sharp in your mouth that can cause you more problems.
Next, we take an impression of your teeth. This helps us know how tall your teeth are and the size the crown needs to be to fit properly in your mouth. We want to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your ability to eat, and we want to make sure your bite is correct. Once we take the impression, we have to choose a shade of white for your new tooth. We have sample colors that you can put up to your teeth to see which color you think fits best. If you can’t make up your mind, we can help you.
What Happens Next?
What happens next is that we send the impression to a lab and they create the crown with the coloring you chose. When it comes back from the lab, we set up an appointment to have it fitted. We will place the crown over the damaged tooth and tap it down to get it into place. We will then have you bite down so we can ensure that it fits right and doesn’t affect your bite. If it does, we will remove the crown and make minor adjustments and try again. We continue this process until you are satisfied that the tooth fits and you will be able to bite properly. The placement of a crown is not a painful experience, but if you believe it will cause you anxiety don’t worry. We can help with that too.