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When you look in the mirror, you might not feel happy with your smile if there is a tooth that is broken or damaged. A tooth that needs a crown may also cause you pain or become infected. If the dentist suggests a crown, take your time to explore the costs of this prosthetic device. If you do choose this procedure, you should schedule it as soon as possible because a crown can solve many potential problems that could develop in a broken tooth. Keep in mind that once the crown is cemented into place, only a dentist will able to remove it.
Here are possible reasons you might need a crown:
The top of a tooth is covered with enamel. If this protective material breaks down over time, then a tooth can become damaged. If the dentist believes a crown is indicated, they will create a cap that fits precisely over the tooth. This technique aims to prevent the tooth from further breaks and decay, and improve the tooth in terms of its size, strength, and appearance.
There will be at least two appointments involved, unless the dentist has the technology to do the crown on the same day.
There are other options to discuss with your dentist if you don't wish to save this tooth.
Whether to choose a crown, a bridge, or an implant is a big decision. It helps to think of bridges as prosthetic devices that effectively replace teeth. When you obtain a bridge, it looks so real that it restores the natural look to your smile.
The process for applying a crown is similar to getting a filling. You will receive an oral injection to numb the targeted area of the mouth and the dentist will use a drill to file down the tooth. Any signs of tooth decay must be removed before preparing the base to support the cap. Once a newly-made crown is cemented into its proper place, it should make your tooth look and feel natural again.
When you choose to get a crown, the dentist will be replacing the damaged tooth structure with a prosthetic device. Each crown has the potential to last for the rest of your life, and evidence shows that around 90% of crowns are still there 10 years after placement. However, it could also become damaged. Use these tips to maintain good oral health and preserve the longevity of the crown:
Scheduling a crown application is a big investment, and dentists only usually suggest crowns for teeth which are already in a bad way. Some complications can occur when you get a crown:
At National Dental Care, your oral health is important to us. Please discuss all questions with your dentist before scheduling an appointment for a crown. We work hard to ensure your comfort throughout the process and also offer same-day crowns!
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