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“All you need to know about the dental crown……….”
Have you heard about dental crowns? If your dentist is concerned about tooth decay or other issues affecting your tooth structure, dental crowns may be an option .This guide can help you learn about dental crowns and what to expect after the dental crown process. Before differentiating between the different types of the dental crowns, consider the functions they serve.
A dental crown, commonly called a “cap” is a tooth – shaped restoration that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance. The crowns when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. It is made by a machine usually in a dental laboratory.
There are different reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown for one of your teeth:-
Having Dental crown gives the following benefits like:-
No. the crown will be made to match your other teeth exactly. The shade of the neighbouring teeth will be recorded to make sure that the colour looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth. A temporary crown usually made in plastic will be fitted at the end of the 1st appointment to last until the permanent one is ready. These temporary crowns may be more noticeable but they are only in place for about a week.
The name says it all here! Temporary dental crowns can be made in your dentist’s office whereas permanent dental crowns are made in a dental laboratory. Typically, temporary dental crowns are made of an acrylic based material or stainless steel and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by a laboratory.
No! It does not, and this is a common misconception that people have. Hence it’s important to brush and floss the crowned tooth just as you would any normal tooth especially around the gum line.
No! Root canals are not required to place a crown but all teeth that have undergone root canal treatment should be crowned.
Yes, but only for a front tooth - A dental veneer may be an alternative to having a front tooth crown.
Crowns are made of a variety of materials and new materials are being introduced all the time. Here are some of the options available at present:-
Placing a permanent dental crown typically takes 2 dental office visits:-
Some of the common issues are:-
Dental crowns don’t last forever. But with good care they can last a long time! More than 90% of crowns will not require major treatment within 5 years and 50 – 80% of crowns will last between 15 – 20 years. The lifespan of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth or decay could endanger your crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years .
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good dental hygiene practices including brushing twice a day, flossing daily especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day, seeing your dentist on a regular basis. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, ask your dentist how this could affect your crown. In general, you should try to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods, chewing ice, biting fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging which may cause your own crown to break or become loose.
Dr. Krinita Motwani
Khar west, Mumbai.
Mbl : 9819002288 / 9820280343