What Are Dental Crowns and Are They Effective?

What Are Dental Crowns and Are They Effective?

Posted by Wayne H. Mori on Nov 7 2023, 01:55 AM

If you've ever wondered about those beautiful, natural-looking teeth that seem too perfect to be real, chances are they might have been enhanced with dental crowns. These versatile little wonders have revolutionized the world of dentistry, allowing individuals to regain confidence in their smiles and restore damaged or unsightly teeth.

The Procedure: What to Expect

It's important to note that getting dental crowns usually requires two separate appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay or damage. They will then shape the tooth so that it can accommodate the crown. Next comes the exciting part - choosing a temporary crown while your permanent one is being crafted in a dental lab. This temporary crown will protect your prepared tooth until your next visit.

Once your permanent crown is ready, which typically takes about two weeks, you'll return for another appointment. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and carefully place and adjust the new one. They'll ensure that it fits comfortably and looks natural alongside your other teeth.

Getting dental crowns is a relatively straightforward process. The duration of each appointment may vary depending on individual cases but generally lasts around an hour or two.

Benefits and Uses of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer a wide range of benefits and are commonly used to address various dental issues. 

  • One major benefit of dental crowns is their ability to restore the appearance and functionality of damaged or decayed teeth. Whether you have a cracked tooth or severe tooth decay, a dental crown can provide the necessary protection by acting as a strong, durable covering.
  • Another advantage of dental crowns is their versatility in addressing cosmetic concerns. They can be used to improve the shape, size, color, and alignment of your teeth. If you have discolored or misshapen teeth that affect your confidence when smiling, dental crowns can help enhance your smile aesthetics.
  • Moreover, dental crowns play an important role in preserving weak or fractured teeth from further damage. By providing structural support and stability to compromised teeth, they prevent them from breaking down completely or requiring extraction.
  • Additionally, if you have undergone root canal therapy or have large fillings that compromise the integrity of your natural tooth structure, dental crowns can reinforce those weakened areas for long-lasting protection.
  • Due to their durability and resistance against stains and discoloration compared to other restorative options like composite fillings or veneers, dental crowns tend to be more long-lasting solutions.

If you would like to learn more, contact our office. We look forward to seeing you! Contact us at (503) 230-8814 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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