Why a dental crown is required?

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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and function. There are several reasons why you may need a dental crown:

  1. To protect a weak tooth: If a tooth is weakened by decay, a large filling, or a root canal, it may be at risk of breaking or cracking. A dental crown can help protect the tooth from further damage.
  2. To restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth: If a tooth is broken or severely worn down, a dental crown can help restore its shape and function.
  3. To support a tooth with a large filling: If a tooth has a large filling, it may be at risk of breaking or cracking. A dental crown can help support the tooth and prevent it from further damage.
  4. To improve the appearance of a tooth: A dental crown can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.

Overall, a dental crown can help restore the function and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth, and protect it from further damage.

Here are the steps involved in the CEREC procedure for dental crowns:

  1. Preparation: Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the dental crown by removing any decay or damage, and shaping the tooth to fit the crown. An impression of the tooth will be taken using a special camera that takes a 3D image of the tooth.
  2. Design: Using computer-aided design (CAD) technology, your dentist will create a virtual model of your tooth and design the crown to fit precisely. You can even watch as your dentist designs the crown using a computer screen in the office.
  3. Milling: Once the design is complete, the information is sent to a milling machine, which carves the crown out of a ceramic block. This process typically takes about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Placement: After the crown is milled, your dentist will check the fit and color of the crown. If everything is satisfactory, the crown will be bonded to your tooth using dental cement.

The entire CEREC procedure typically takes about 2-3 hours, and you can leave the office with a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing dental crown. The use of CEREC technology eliminates the need for multiple office visits and temporary restorations, which can save you time and money.

Taking care of Dental Crown

Here are some precautions and aftercare tips to keep in mind after getting a dental crown:

  1. Avoid hard and sticky foods: Dental crowns are strong, but they can still be damaged by hard and sticky foods. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, popcorn kernels, and other hard or sticky foods that could damage your crown.
  2. Brush and floss regularly: Just like your natural teeth, your dental crown requires regular brushing and flossing to maintain its health and prevent decay. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  3. Use a mouthguard: If you grind or clench your teeth, a mouthguard can help protect your dental crown from damage.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, including your dental crown. Your dentist can check the fit and condition of your crown and make any necessary adjustments.
  5. Avoid using your teeth as tools: Don’t use your dental crown (or any of your teeth) as tools to open bottles or packages, as this can cause damage to the crown.
  6. Notify your dentist if you experience any issues: If your dental crown feels loose, if you experience pain or sensitivity around the crown, or if you notice any damage or discoloration, contact your dentist right away.

Following these precautions and aftercare tips can help ensure the longevity and health of your dental crown.