A Dental Crown is a tooth-shaped covering that completely encases the visible part of the tooth that helps in restoring the tooth’s shape, size and strength and improves its appearance.
Before the dental crown procedure invented, the only way totally fixes a heavily decayed tooth was to remove it. With the advent of dental crowns, dentists can now restore the tooth structure without having to extract the teeth, which is a painful dental procedure.
You may need a dental crown if you have one or more of the following dental conditions:
• Broken or a damaged tooth.
• A weak tooth that needs to be strengthened via some support.
• A tooth is highly decayed and can't be fixed with a filling.
• The cosmetic appearance of the tooth needs to be improved.
• To hold a dental bridge.
• To cover a dental implant.
The most common types of Dental crowns/caps are:
• Ceramic Dental Crowns: These are made of porcelain or zirconia to match the color of the teeth.
• Metallic Dental Crowns: These can be made of gold/platinum/palladium and non-precious metals.
• Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns: In these crowns, the ceramic is fused to an inner metal crown.
While your permanent crown is under construction, your decayed tooth would be fitted with a temporary cap which would be made of acrylic or composite material.
Note: The gold crowns mentioned above are not purely made out of gold as its pure form is too soft. Therefore, gold is combined with other metals to create a much stronger gold alloy.
To get a Dental Crown, you are generally required a couple of visits to the dental clinic. However, several steps are involved in getting a dental crown.
• The dentist will first remove the outer portion of the tooth so the crown will evenly fit. The decay, if present, is also removed.
• After the first step, the dentist would take an impression of your tooth to provide an exact model for the crown where the dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to help make the crown.
• In that meanwhile, while your permanent crown gets ready (which usually takes 2 weeks), you will get a temporary crown.
• When the new crown is ready, the dentist would place it in your mouth by making necessary adjustments. Once you feel comfortable with its look and placement, the dentist will cement the crown in place.
• Discomfort or sensitivity
• Chipped crown
• Loose crown
• Allergic Reaction
• Brush/Floss your teeth twice a day
• Avoid chewing ice, hard, sticky food
• Go for professional teeth cleaning once a month
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