You might be wondering what cosmetic dental crowns are and what are they for. In the simplest of terms, a dental crown (or cap) is a covering placed over the tooth used to change its appearance and/or function. They are typically used when teeth show signs of damage such as cracks, tooth decay, or fillings falling out.
Crowns can also be used to improve weak teeth, protect recently treated teeth from damage while they’re healing, or disguise poorly shaped teeth.
What are Cosmetic Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that need to be replaced. Your dentist will usually resort to a crown if your teeth are too damaged to be restored by fillings or other methods. Crowns may also be used as a preventive measure where there is a likelihood that you may lose your tooth.
Description of Cosmetic Dental Crowns: Crowns are used to fix broken or decayed teeth. They cover the entire surface of the tooth and act as a strong barrier against tooth decay and other dental problems. Dental crowns can also be used for esthetic purposes by providing restorations for chipped, discoloured and misshapen teeth.
Description of Different Types of Crowns: There are two types of crowns available – porcelain on gold (POG) and all-porcelain crowns. The POG type is made up of a crown as well as a base made from gold or stainless steel. The base covers the entire length of the tooth, while the crown itself covers only the visible part of the tooth.
POG crowns are very popular these days because they provide strength and support while still looking attractive enough not to be noticeable.
When Should You Cosmetic Dental Crowns Done?
Crowns are generally used when a tooth is too decayed or damaged to be saved by a filling. Crowns are also often used for cosmetic purposes, as they can cover up misshapen or discoloured teeth.
If you have a cracked tooth, then it is likely that the crack is too large to be repaired by filling and a crown will be needed. If you have had root canal treatment, then often a crown is needed over the tooth to strengthen it.
If you have lost any of your teeth already and have gaps in your mouth, then crowns can be used as part of bridgework to fill in these spaces and give you back your smile. Crowns are also used when teeth need to be reshaped or made smaller, when teeth need to be lengthened or when old metal fillings are replaced.
How Dental Crowns are Made?
Crowns are made in a dental lab. The dentist sends a mould or digital scan of your tooth to the lab, where technicians create the crown from your choice of material. The dentist matches the colour to your other teeth, and you can pick the material — porcelain, ceramic, gold or acrylic (plastic).
Once you’ve picked the colour and material for your crown, you’ll go to the dentist for two visits. During the first visit, the dentist prepares your tooth by filing it down so that it’s small enough to fit beneath the crown. Then, he or she makes an impression of your tooth with a putty-like material and sends it to a lab to make the crown.
In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent one to be ready. During the second visit, usually, about two weeks later, your dentist removes the temporary crown and places cement over your tooth before putting on your new crown.
What to Expect During Your Visit
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome and our treatment recommendations. Once the decision to move forward with treatment is made, we will take photos, x-rays and study models of your teeth.
These records are essential to planning your treatment and will be used to create a customized treatment plan for you. We will send these records to a lab where the crowns will be fabricated by highly skilled technicians. The process takes approximately 14 days and requires at least two visits.
During your first visit, we will prepare your teeth for the crowns. This includes removing any existing fillings or decayed tooth structure, taking impressions for the lab technician, and placing temporary crowns on the teeth. During your second visit, we remove the temporaries and place the permanent crowns onto your teeth.
We will check them for fit, comfort and colour before cementing them into place.
If your tooth has been damaged by an accident or if you simply wish to change the aesthetics of your smile, dental crowns may be an affordable option for you.