Dental Crowns

Understanding the Dentist: The Ins and Outs of Dental Crowns and What You need to Know

dental-crownsWhen it comes to building a healthier and more beautiful smile, there are several steps and procedures that a dentist may recommend. Depending on the situation and the depth of the need, these dental options will change. Some procedures, however, tend to be more popular than others as many patients face the same issues, desires, and needs. Among the most popular of these procedures are dental crowns.

Dental crowning is common because of the sheer number of different issues and problems that it can correct. But, simply because a process is common does not mean that it is well understood. Therefore, the following discusses the different reasons that dental crowning may be considered appropriate and what the different uses for it are.

What are Dental Crowns?

dental crownsIn the most basic of answers to the question of what are dental crowns, the answer would be dental caps. Dental crowns are essentially caps that are placed upon the teeth to cover damage, decay, discoloring and other issues that will be discussed in further detail below.

Dental crowns are fairly easily applied to the tooth and a qualified dental professional like our own Dr. Mark Samuels can do the process in a matter of less than an hour for each tooth. Therefore, those with anxiety should know that the process—when done correctly—should not be that invasive or time consuming.

How Are Dental Crowns Applied?

The dental crown process may take a few visits to the dental office prior to finishing. The first meeting will focus on preparing the tooth for the procedure. This requires the use of tools to help ensure that the picture of the mouth is accurate and that the oral region is appropriately understood by a dentist.

dental crowns - Dental CapsA dental professional will talk to the patient during this portion and answer any questions that they may have, then they will likely take impressions and pictures of the mouth. This helps to ensure that they are getting a well-rounded and understood picture of what the oral structures currently look like and where room for improvement is.

During this time, too, a dentist may apply a temporary dental crown. This is done by shaving down the tooth and fitting the temporary crown. A dentist can adjust according to bite and overall need in the oral cavity. As the name suggests, this is not meant to be worn in the long term or to take the place of a traditional crown. Rather, it is a temporary fitting that is used to ensure that no further damage to the tooth occurs. After the application of the dental crown, a patient will likely be sent home to return on a follow up visit for permanent crown replacement. This allows the dental crown developer, with dental guidance, to create a fitted and natural looking dental crown replacement.

After this, the patient will come in for a third and final fitting. This is when the crown will be fitted to the tooth and be evaluated for dental coloration appropriateness and for overall fit satisfaction as well. This is the time to tell the dental expert like Dr. Mark Samuels about any concerns with the height, size, or fit of a tooth because from here, the final application will take place.

The dental crown is applied via a cementing process in which the cap is placed on the tooth or teeth and adhered using a cement mixture that allows for bonding. This helps the tooth to be more secured and look more natural. It also helps the tooth to be more durable and useful over time.

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

Dental crowns are recommended for use for a variety of different reasons. They may be applied to a tooth for the purpose of restoring a breakage or for correcting a missing chip in the tooth. It helps the region to look more aesthetically pleasing and also creates uniformity in the mouth.

In addition to all this, a dental crown may be used for cosmetic reasons. If a tooth is damaged to the point that it stands out in the mouth or if it is discolored unlike others, a dental crown is a great way to fix without a massive cosmetic procedure. Finally, a dental crown may be used to improve chewing and overall mouth function. A broken tooth may result in difficulty with chewing rougher foods and can disrupt normal speech patterns as well. Those that are facing these problems, then, may wish to turn to a dental professional like those at our Lighthouse Dental Care office for help.

Where to Turn for Dental Crowns?

Lighthouse Dental Care, led by the highly qualified and experienced, Dr. Mark Samuels can provide you with a wealth of different opportunities in oral help. Among the many procedures we are qualified and well-versed in handling are dental crowns. To make your appointment today or ask questions, call our office at (203) 742-1027.

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our Location

Lighthouse Dental Care

88 Ryders Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: (203) 742-1027
Fax: (203) 380-8390