Dental crowns are a very common procedure, and there is actually evidence of them being done since 800 BC. Of course since then, there have been new advancements to make them stronger, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing.
Dental crowns can be made from a wide array of materials such as stainless steel, gold alloy, palladium, nickel, and porcelain. The metal crowns are stronger, but the porcelain crowns look more like natural teeth. But there is the option of creating a crown from metal and fusing it to porcelain, which will combine the strengths of both types of crown.
We have recently discussed several methods of tooth replacement on our blog, so you may be wondering why dental crowns may be advantageous. Dental crowns have several uses. They can be used as a temporary fix for a tooth that is not quite ready for a full tooth replacement. They can be used to hold together parts of a broken tooth. They last 5-15 years before they need to be replaced. At that time, the problem may need to be reevaluated to see if it is necessary to use another methodology of tooth replacement.
Dental crowns are very important to discuss because they are used in most other forms of tooth replacement. They are used to cap the dental implant and give the appearance of a tooth. They are also used on either side of a dental bridge to anchor it down with natural teeth. But crowns can also stand on their own as a type of tooth replacement. They can be used for relatively mild procedures.
Crowns can be used to cover an already weakened tooth from the invasion of bacteria and plaque. One example is after a root canal. After a root canal, your tooth is not strong enough for biting down, even after a filling. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to strengthen it. Due to a dental crowns strength, it can withstand fracture, wear, and corrosion. It seals very well to the tooth, which prevents leakage and decay from your weakened natural tooth.
Typically, how the procedure works, is the dentist will take a mold of your natural tooth and while they are manufacturing an exact crown for your tooth, they will give you a temporary crown for a few weeks. These temporary crowns are not an exact fit, but they will work just fine for the waiting period.
However, there is a high-tech medical device called E4D. This uses 3-D imaging to create same-day crowns that are an exact match for your tooth. This eliminates the need for temporary dental crowns and saves you one more trip to the dentist.
Red Cliffs Dental, in St. George, Utah uses E4D technology to get you in and out of the dentist in one day with a perfect match dental crown. Comfort and convenience are our top priority. If you would like to learn more about our procedures and our same-day dental crowns, give us a call at (435) 261-3400.