Crowns are a type of restoration which completely cap or encircle a tooth or dental implant. A Crown is often needed when a large cavity is threatening the ongoing health of the tooth and they are used to improve the strength, form, function and appearance of a tooth.
When is a crown needed?
Crowns are utilized for many different reasons. Some of them may be purely health-related, while some patients may want to restore a tooth for cosmetic reasons. Many times, a crown can be used or a combination of reasons. Some of these include:
- Supporting a weakened tooth.
- Root canals.
- Restoring damage.
Procedure and treatment for Crown
SOHO friendly Dentist will then prepare your tooth for the crown. You will be given a local anaesthetic before the start of the treatment.
The dentist will then clean the tooth to be capped; removing any signs of decay and will then reshape it using a small drill called a ‘burr’. Once these is done the dentist will then make a mould using dental wax (putty) to take an impression of your teeth. This can take 2 to 3 weeks so during that time you will be given a temporary crown to wear.
In your second visit the dentist will remove the temporary crown before etching the surface of the tooth with a special type of acid which give it a rough surface. This rough surface will enable the dental cement to form a strong bond between the tooth and the crown.
The dentist will then fit your new crown over your tooth and check its fitting and alignment. He or she will also check to see that it fits in well with your natural teeth. Once you are both happy with this then your dentist will use dental cement to fix the crown in place.