Artificial crowns are one of the most common types of dental prosthetics. They replace the part of the tooth that is visible, also known as the cap, and stand independently of other teeth. But we know some patients at Ardas Family Dental in Parker may still be confused about what makes artificial crowns different from prosthetics such as inlays and implants, so we wanted to provide a brief run-down on what crowns are for and how they are placed.
Crowns are used in circumstances in which a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed to be held together with a filling or partial crown. That could be due to the tooth getting chipped, or it could be because we intentionally filed a tooth down so that it could receive a new crown after drilling into it for root canal therapy. The tooth's remaining natural enamel has to be filed into a cylindrical shape called an abutment for an artificial crown to be placed over. If the entire tooth is gone and being replaced with an implant, the implant will include a metal abutment that sticks up from the gum.
The patient is numbed while their tooth is filed into an abutment, and a mold is subsequently taken of their mouth. They will leave the office wearing a temporary crown while the mold is sent to a dental laboratory, where their permanent crown is made out of porcelain or something similarly hard and colored like a natural tooth. We will help a patient ensure their new tooth matches their natural ones. At a second visit to our office, the permanent crown is cemented onto the abutment. Dental crowns have to be cared for like normal teeth, or they will decay or crack. But when properly cared for, they can last for over ten years and function just like natural teeth.
Dr. Roopi Kattaura operates Ardas Family Dental at 10233 S Parker Rd, Suite 205, Parker, Colorado. Call 720-459-8420 or visit Ardas Family Dental and fill out a contact sheet.