Dental crowns are prosthesis that allow us to fulfill the chewing functions and protect the inside of the tooth. Although, precisely because they are visible, they also have an important role in the dental aesthetics of our smile. Dental crowns are very often used, not only to improve the appearance of the denture, but also to correct possible conditions in the teeth.
Dental crown is used in various dental treatments to:
– Protect a weak tooth (for example, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
– Restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth
– Cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining
– Hold a dental bridge in place
– Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
– Cover a dental implant
– Cover a tooth treated with a root canal
– Make a cosmetic modification
Tooth crown procedure is performed under local anesthesia and consists of shaving the patient’s own teeth into small pieces, taking measurements and then cementing the crowns prepared by the technician.
Types of Dental Crown
Made of different materials and with different characteristics, when deciding which is the best material for a dental crown in a treatment, it is important to know the specifications of each of the types. There are mainly four types of dental crowns:
Pre & Post-Op Instructions for Dental Crowns
Make sure that you have had your meal before the procedure.
Inform your dentist in case you have any chronic disease or there is any medication that you take on a daily basis.
Do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours after the procedure.
Avoid sticky or tough food as they may damage your crowns.
Do not open nutshells or bottles with your crowns.
Take a good care of your mouth; brush your gums and use dental floss.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Am I a good candidate for dental crown?
Anyone having severe tooth decay or severely damaged teeth is considered as a good candidate for dental crown.
+ Why do I choose to get dental crown?
There are several different reasons to choose to get dental crown. If you have severe tooth decay, critically damaged filling or weak teeth to be protected, implants to be covered, improperly shaped or discoloured teeth you can think about getting dental crown.
+ How long can I expect my crown to last ?
The life of your crown will vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of wear and tear the tooth is exposed to, and how well you look after your crown and surrounding teeth. However, you can typically expect your new crown to last between 5 and 15 years.
+ What type of special care does a crowned tooth require ?
You should care for a crowned tooth the way you would care for your natural teeth. Just because your tooth has a crown on it doesn’t mean it’s safe from tooth decay or gum disease. You’ll still need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.