Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that are damaged or out of shape to their original contour and structure. Earlier, dental crowns were made from metals such as gold or silver. But, they are quite apparent when it comes to aesthetics, which could leave a nasty appearance on the smile. Hence, metal crowns have been replaced by tooth-colored crowns, as they are indistinguishable and offer superior properties.
What are tooth-colored crowns made from?
Tooth-colored crowns are made from dental-grade ceramic, which is the go-to material for fabricating dental restorations. It can be customized to precisely match the color, contour, and luster of the adjoining natural teeth. With a dental crown in place, you wouldn’t have to be conscious of your facial appearance when you smile or talk to people.
What are the advantages of ceramic crowns?
- Crowns offer excellent longevity. With optimum care, they are known to last for several years.
- Dental crowns help to hold severely infected or damaged teeth intact.
- During the preparation phase, a thin layer of enamel will have to be removed to accommodate the crown. This allows you to retain a significant portion of the natural tissues of the teeth.
- Teeth that have undergone a root canal therapy would usually be weak due to the lack of nourishment. A crown can be placed on such teeth to prevent them from cracking or crumbling.
- Most importantly, ceramic crowns avoid being easily detected as they can be customized to mimic the natural teeth.
How are the ceramic crowns placed?
The dentist may conduct a few tests and take x-rays of the teeth to get a better view of them. A hand-held scanning device will be used to scan the teeth and create a digital impression. It will be directed to a dental laboratory where the crown will be made from dental-grade ceramic. It ideally takes a few days for the restoration to be fabricated, after which the dentist will schedule a second consultation.
The tooth is prepared by thoroughly cleaning it and roughening its surface using a suitable etching solution. A dental adhesive will be applied on the tooth, and the crown will be placed meticulously on it. Excessive adhesives will be removed, and a curing light is used to harden it. It may be polished to enhance its luster, and a bite test will be conducted to make sure it fits perfectly.
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