Understanding the Process of Getting Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over the tooth to help restore its size, shape and strength and also to improve its appearance.
It also keeps broken teeth from becoming more damaged by fully encasing the entirely visible portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
People need dental crowns in certain situations and they are as follows:
To protect a weak tooth from decay, from breaking or to hold together parts of a breaking tooth
To restore a severely worn down tooth
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling and one that doesn’t have enough tooth left
To hold a dental bridge in place
To cover a severely misshapen or severely discolored teeth
To cover a dental implant and as a cosmetic alteration
While crowns are already a common procedure, dentists still suggest more conservative approaches to restoring teeth like veneers or direct composite bonding before suggesting a full crown coverage. This is because there may be underlying dental problems that need to be resolved first before getting dental crowns in order to ensure that they do their job in keeping your teeth from being damaged further.
There are many types of dental crowns available that are also made from various materials like stainless steel, metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin and all ceramic. Stainless steel crowns are used on permanent teeth as a temporary measure. They are mostly used on children to fit over the primary tooth that’s been prepared to fit it. The crown then covers the entire tooth and prevents it from decaying.
Metals on the other hand, are the best in withstanding biting and chewing forces and lasts longer than most materials that wear down with time. They rarely break or chip but are best for hidden molars as they don’t contribute aesthetically to your smile unlike porcelain fused to metal dental crowns whose color can be matched to those of your adjacent teeth. They look most like your normal teeth and are good to use on your front and back teeth.
All resin crowns are the least expensive among the types of crowns. However, a distinct downside is that they are also the most prone to fractures than porcelain fused to metal and wear down faster than most crown types. If you have metal allergies, then all ceramic dental crowns are suitable for you. Like porcelain fused to metal crowns, they also closely match the color of your natural teeth but are not as strong and wear down faster than metal or resin crowns.
To make your crown, the dentist makes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the dental laboratory to get your crowns made. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the tooth in the meantime and then once your permanent crowns are made, it is cemented in place after making the necessary adjustments.
Your dentist will then advise you on the proper care and maintenance of your dental crown which includes brushing and flossing twice daily and avoiding putting excessive force on it like biting on hard candy or ice. If you habitually grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard to protect your crowns while you sleep.
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