Dental crowns are using to save a tooth that has lost too much of it’s hard enamel. Cavities and decay destroy the enamel and expose the soft tissue and nerves underneath. This is what gives you a toothache. If the cavity is small it can be cleaned out and then filled. But in some cases there is not enough hard enamel left to hold a filling and the only options are to either remove the tooth completely or place a dental crown over the entire tooth.
Dental Crowns Save Teeth
If the nerves inside the tooth are healthy, then a dental crown can be used to save a decayed tooth with these steps:
- The dentist will make an impression of the tooth.
- Then the dentist will remove any decay and shape the tooth to accept a dental crown or “cap”.
- A temporary crown will be made and fitted right then with a firm adhesive, but not a final adhesive.
- A final crown will then be made for you. Porcelain and gold are some popular materials to use in making final crowns.
- You will then make a new appointment to see the dentist and get the final crown seated.
- The dentist will seat the final dental crown and bond it permanently to your tooth.
Why Can’t I Get the Final Crown the Same Day?
It takes time and specialized equipment to make a dental crown that will last a long time. Dental crowns have to stand up to the pressure of biting and chewing and they have to be strong.
Important Note About Dental Crowns and Saving Your Tooth
Once you have your temporary crown, it should feel just like a normal tooth. You can eat and smile normally. But do not delay on getting your final crown fitted. Temporary crowns do not use a permanent adhesive. The dentist can pop the temporary crown off very easily and so a firm but not strong adhesive is used. After about 2 weeks you are at risk of having the adhesive fail. The first thing that can happen is that food and saliva can get in and affect the actual tooth. The other thing is that the temporary crown can come off completetly and leave your tooth exposed to decay. And now the tooth has even less enamel to protect it.
Why Dental Crowns Are Worth It
Dental crowns can seem expensive until you realize that once you loose a tooth, it won’t grow back. Losing a tooth is permanent and has many adverse affects on your mouth. Your other teeth start to move to fill the empty space, changing the way your teeth fit together and potentially changing the pressures in your jaw. And of course a smile with missing teeth can be unsightly. Use good dental hygiene to keep your teeth healthy, but if the time comes when a tooth is badly decayed, a dental crown is a great solution.