I love it when you hear people say how good it was “back in the good old days”. I’m never sure what they are talking about but I’m sure it’s not about dentistry. It was back in those olden days that you would see many people smile and reveal a mired of missing, broken and/or misshapen teeth. If they had enough money or had access to a dentist who could help them, they would reveal gold plated teeth. Back then the only thing available was a gold alloy to create caps and crowns for problem teeth.
Today it’s totally different when you go to your dentist for a crown or cap. If you want to, you can still get golden teeth. However, with porcelain you not only get a much stronger crown or cap but also one that can be closely matched to the color of your natural teeth. For me it’s one of the best things about modern dentistry
I wish I didn’t have as much experience with crowns and caps as I do. Some people have cavities, some people bad gums and others tend to crack and break teeth. I happen to be one of the others so I know what happens when you break or crack a tooth and need to get a temporary crown on it fast. It really has to do with only one thing; pain. Breaking a tooth to the nerve can sometimes be repaired by having a root canal done then grinding the tooth down so the crown can fit over it. Other times the break doesn’t affect the tooth and it can easily be capped as well. If you break a tooth all the way to the nerve then you will most likely be discussing dental implants, which also require crowns, and fixed bridges.
Listen to your dentist and he or she will tell you all the pros and cons to each choice and together you will make the best decision for you that includes your overall health as well as what your insurance will cover. Most dentists will also have a payment plan of some kind in place if you happen not to have insurance or choose an option that is not covered.
If you’re like me, you are busy. But you will have to slow down a bit to get this type of work done because it usually takes at least two appointments and can take as many as four to five. X-rays have to be taken, impressions have to be done so the lab can make the cap or crown and everything has to come together so the crown fits correctly in your mouth. I’ve only had one of my five crowns that had to go back to the lab to get tweaked a little because my dentist didn’t like the way it fit. He used floss to make sure there was enough clearance and when there wasn’t, he took it off and sent it back. If your dentist has to do this, normally there is not an extra charge; however, you will have to take a little bit more time out of your day.
The bottom line is there are a lot of great ways to get your teeth fixed these days if you happen to be in a situation where you need it. You get to choose the best procedure for you as well as the best colored tooth with porcelain crowns and caps. I for one like that fact that dentists have evolved out of that good old day’s syndrome.
Source by P. Turner