Why do I Need a Dental Crown?
A patient usually needs a crown after root canal treatment, when a cavity is too large for a filling, or teeth have been too severely fractured or broken to be restored with a different prosthetic. Dentists utilize crowns to save and restore the natural tooth. Crowns are necessary to protect your oral health and stop the progression of bacteria that cause decay and infection or prevent a large crack from deepening. After buffing down damaged or decayed dental structures, a crown is placed over the remaining tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.
The Benefits of Crown Restorations
If you are unsure if receiving a dental crown is the best treatment option for you, be sure to talk with our office about how a crown could help you. Dr. Vo-Pham professional staff provide you some insight about the advantages of getting a crown such as:
· Long-lasting function
· Strengthens the compromised tooth
· Improves the aesthetic of your smile
· Conceals damaged or discolored teeth
If you have any questions regarding dental crowns, or you would like to see if they are the right restoration option for you contact Rapha Dental! We ensure our patients’ smiles are happy and healthy!