Are you going around with a cracked or broken tooth? Maybe part of your tooth cracked and fell out but the filling stayed intact? That can make it difficult to chew. The tooth may be sensitive to heat or cold, achy at times, or even sensitive to the air when you open your mouth. But there is a way to solve all that. Be a king, but not just for a day. Consider a dental crown.
Dental Crown vs Dental Implant
Because a dental crown is used to top the abutment on the titanium post of a dental implant, some people may confuse a crown with an implant. A crown is used for an implant, but an implant requires surgery to place the titanium post. After the post heals which can take several months, the crown is placed. Placing a crown does not require surgery.
How is a Crown Placed?
A dental crown can be used to restore the functionality of your damaged tooth so you can chew properly and smile without embarrassment again. Crowns are often used:
- For cavities that are too large for a filling
- For broken teeth
- For chipped teeth
- For fractured or cracked teeth
- After root canal therapy
- To top an implant post
- To mask cosmetic flaws
Placing a crown is rather easy. Although your dentist will need to reduce the tooth to accommodate the crown, the area will be numbed first. Your dentist will then gently grind the damaged parts of the tooth away making room for the crown. An impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to the lab. When the crown has been fabricated, a second visit will be required for your dentist to permanently bond it to your tooth using dental cement.