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Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

Posted by Nahid Sekandari Mar 13, 2023

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At About Odyssey Dental, the dental crown is a cap that fits over your teeth. It is sometimes called a “cap” or “tooth crown.” It can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. It is used to strengthen teeth that are cracked or damaged. It can also restore a tooth’s shape, size, and color. It is a great way to protect a weakened tooth from further damage. It can also be placed on top of an implant to provide more support and a more natural look. Crowns can also be used to anchor bridges and as a protective cover for a damaged tooth.

There are other uses for crowns as well. They are used to cover the surfaces of dental implants to provide a pleasing appearance. They can also be used to protect discolored teeth for aesthetic purposes. They can be used for cosmetic reasons to change the shape of a tooth or improve its appearance overall.

The Dental Crown Procedure

A dental crown can repair a damaged tooth, restore a tooth’s shape or size, and act as a cosmetic enhancement. When properly placed, crowns can last long with proper care. The crown process typically takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping the surface for the crown to fit securely. Once the tooth has been reshaped, the dentist will take an impression and create a mold of your tooth to send to a dental lab for a custom crown. While you wait for your crown to return from the lab, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it until the custom one is ready. Once it is prepared, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent one is cemented. 

Though a crown may sound like an invasive procedure, the procedure is quite simple and is performed with a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. Once your crown is in place, it will blend perfectly with your smile and help maintain the appearance and health of the tooth underneath for years to come. Although crowns can last a long time with regular brushing and flossing, they may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear. 

The Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Protect weak teeth from damage
  • Restore damaged teeth
  • Help strengthen the appearance of your smile
  • Improve your ability to bite and chew food properly
  • Increase your confidence when smiling
  • Hold other restorations in place, including bridges or dental implants

A dental crown can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering a misshapen tooth or replacing a tooth beyond repair, and for restorative goals, like restoring a person’s ability to chew food or speak normally. To learn more about dental crowns, visit About Odyssey Dental at 8256 W. Cactus Road, Suite #136, Peoria 85381, or call (623) 934-7606.

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