Dental crowns are used when a tooth is extensively damaged or when a root canal needs to be performed and it serves as the cover for the tooth, as it was necessary for the decayed tooth area to be covered rather than filled.
A damaged tooth may be broken or cracked due to an accident, like a severely chipped tooth as a result of a trip and fall into a table or a similar situation. The goal is for the crown to match the other teeth as closely as possible and will make the damaged tooth appear and function as a normal tooth, keeping it in line with the other teeth and the same shade as the surrounding teeth as well. Used as a means of restoring the tooth to as close to its original shape, size and color as possible, a dental crown serves as a cap, or as a barrier between either the damaged tooth or the decayed tooth if a root canal was required.
Crowns are not just aesthetic though, they can help the patient chew their food and help them feel more confident when speaking or eating with others, allowing for a higher quality of life. Though to some the teeth seem like they may often be hidden from the outside world, for those who are not comfortable with the way their mouth looks, nothing could seem farther from the truth.
Most people ask if it’s possible to detect a crown in a person’s mouth, and most of the time, it is not visible to the untrained eye. When the crown is in your own mouth, most people think it is nearly undetectable.
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. James R. Anderson, DDS helps patients of all kinds improve the appearance and function of their mouth through cosmetic and general dentistry at his Kansas City, MO office. Dr. Anderson is extremely skilled at making the dental crown blend in with the rest of a patient’s mouth.
Dental Crown Fitting Procedure
The fitting of a dental crown requires at least two visits to the dentist. While the process may seem like too much for some, it is imperative that the crown fits exactly as it should in order to eliminate any issues that led to tooth decay in the first place, so that the tooth does not cause its “owner” pain and inconvenience again. There can not be space between the crown and the gum otherwise particles of food can get lodged in there, eventually leading to more serious issues in the future.
The dental crown need to be snug over the portion of tooth that remain after the root canal or accident that damaged it. Sometimes, it’s necessary for Dr. Anderson to file the remaining tooth slightly in order to reshape it a bit so that the crown fits over it perfectly and there are no gaps. While a crown is being made, which often takes time, the patient will receive a temporary crown so they will not be without a tooth.