What you should know if your dentist suggests a dental crown

A dental crown is a synthetic material that is used to cover a tooth.  It can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all porcelain/ceramic. There are a number of reasons why your dentist may suggest that you get a dental crown placed on a tooth in your mouth.   Regardless of the material from which it is made, a dental crown is always made outside of your dentist’s office.  That is why they are so expensive.  The dentist will make an impression of your bite and then send it out so that the crown can be made to the exact fit of your mouth.  Therefore, getting a crown is a two visit procedure.   Metal crowns hold up the longest but are not the most attractive option.  Therefore, many people opt for porcelain fused to metal, however, many times the metal can be seen at the bottom.  Porcelain and ceramic crowns look nice but are not as strong as those that contain metal and resin is the cheapest and least durable option available. You are a candidate for a dental crown when you have a tooth that needs or has a large filling.  The dental crown will help to strengthen the tooth being filled.  Root canals also often end up causing people to need dental crowns because the tooth is dead and needs to be protected in order to prevent cracking or chipping.   Another reason your dentist may suggest the need for a dental crown is due to the fact that you suffer from cracked tooth syndrome.  This is a condition where chewing causes fractures on the inside of the tooth.  A crown redistributes the stress caused by chewing and, therefore, eliminates the pain that accompanies it.   Broken cusps as well as excessive wear on the teeth can also be causes that lead to the need for a dental crown.  In addition, some people get dental crowns as part of cosmetic dentistry to make their mouth look better.  Dental crowns are also often placed on top of implanted teeth in order to restore space from missing teeth.   If your dentist suggests that you need a dental crown you will be given a local anesthetic in the area where the crown is needed.  He or she will then perform the root canal or any other procedure that is necessary before you are fitted for the crown.  Once that is complete, your tooth will be shaved down to make room for the crown.  The dentist will then take an impression of the affected teeth as well as a picture so that the crown matches the rest of your mouth.   You will then be fitted with a temporary crown and will need to return in a few weeks when the permanent crown is ready.  Upon your return, you will be given another shot of local anesthesia and the permanent dental crown will be placed in your mouth.   If you are suffering from pain in your mouth, it is best to see a dentist or an emergency dentist as soon as possible so that you can get relief and help to fix the problem.