There is no question that the health of your teeth and the appearance of your teeth affect the way you look and feel. If you have ever had the misfortune of losing a tooth, especially one of your front teeth, you understand how hard this can be. When you see someone who is missing teeth, it is jarring if you were not accustomed to seeing them like that. If you lose a tooth and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror, it can be an uncomfortable experience.
A lot of times, tooth removal is a normal part of oral health care. Your tooth may be broken or it may have decayed to the point that it needs to be reconstructed. The reconstruction process is complicated, and it requires the dentist to first shape your tooth and then apply a crown or some other apparatus to restore the aesthetics of your tooth.
The transition period between when our cosmetic dentist first starts working on your tooth until the work is finally done may be a couple of weeks. And the last thing that you want is to have a tooth that is damaged, that looks mangled or that looks malformed. You realize how having a tooth like that, especially if it is in the front of your mouth, is going to have a negative impact on the way that others treat you and, to some degree, the way that you see yourself. Dentists also understand this idea, and that is where temporary dental crowns come into play.
Crowns are made ahead of time, or they can be fabricated to meet your teeth. Usually, it takes a few days from when the dentist makes a mold of your tooth until the crown is actually delivered. In order to prevent you from walking around with a tooth that has been misshapen or in order to prevent you from doing further damage to a tooth, our dentist may give you a temporary crown.
While temporary dental crowns have the same aesthetic appeal as permanent crowns, they are not as strong, and they are not designed to last for an extended period of time. When you get a real crown, it is made from metal, porcelain and metal fused together, or ceramic. Some have metal alloys or are made with gold. The idea is that they look just like normal teeth.
One procedure that often requires a crown is a root canal. Again, before placing the crown, our cosmetic dentist will need to build a foundation of support. He will need to shape the foundation to fit the crown, and you will need to wait a few days until the foundation is solid before the crown is placed on top of it. This is another instance where you would benefit from a temporary dental crown.
Your teeth play a huge role in your appearance. It is important that you take care of them as much as you can. When they are damaged, things like crowns and temporary dental crowns can help you to maintain an attractive appearance during your dental work at the office of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS. You can learn more about how temporary dental crowns work during a consultation at our office in Cabot, AR. We also serve the Little Rock, AR and surrounding cities. Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment.