Dental crowns are the best solution to a wide array of issues in cosmetic dentistry, especially when your tooth is suffering from a cavity that threatens the health of the tooth itself. The tooth is “capped” or encircled by any of a wide range of materials protectively and is bonded with dental cement. This dental cement is typically a metal oxide based cement used to bind things together permanently in the acidic nature of the human mouth. Dental crowns are a long lasting and proven solution to many commonly seen issues in the dental world.
Other common situations where dental crowns are used include:
Crowns are built outside of the mouth, free from the encumbrances of tight quarters, saliva and blood so they can be built using exact dimensions for a perfect fit. A mold is taken of the tooth and teeth surrounding it in question and is sent to a facility which converts the mold into a model. A crown is then built from this model and can be done so using a wide variety of materials. The most common materials used are porcelain, ceramic, gold or more recently ceramic and porcelain fused to metal. The newest methods involving crown production involve 3D printing and graphical computer software. Generating crown molds using graphical software is not a large difference from more contemporary means of doing so however.
Dental crowns are yet another fantastic dentistry invention that has made the lives of countless people better. The next time you have a severe cavity or root canal do not fret, because even if the bacteria wins in taking over your tooth, a dental crown will soon restore the balance in your favor... and with the color of your choice!