A Dental crown is a cap that is put on to a tooth.
A dental crown is something that protects and restore the form and function of the tooth.
It’s probably the best procedure to save a tooth.
Gives you the perfect smile!
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A person needs a crown when a tooth is compromised. When there is a big cavity or after a root canal therapy.
When you need a dental crown?
A decayed tooth has higher chances to break easily. A dental crown holds together the parts of a weak or broken tooth.
Placed over the implant for chewing.
To cover and support a root canal treated tooth.
No doubt it can restore form, function, and appearance of a tooth. Although they can be used by your family dentist for cosmetic reasons as well.
You may often hear of friends or family visiting a dentist for a crown.
Here is what exactly the procedure entails.
It is usually a two step procedure until your dentist has CAD/CAM.
At first appointment dentist evaluate if your tooth can support the crown.
Your dentist may an x-ray before starting the process.
After this, the dentist fills your tooth down.
Numbing the tooth with local anesthesia.
A tooth is then prepared to entail the space for a crown.
Taking an impression of the prepared tooth to create a custom made crown.
Making a temporary crown of acrylic resin.
Temporary crowns are made by the dentist in a clinic and permanent crowns are made in a lab.
Once your crown is ready you are called for the second appointment.
In the next appointment, temporary crowns are replaced with custom made permanent crowns.
Caps are cemented into places after checking fits and looks.
And before you know it you will be smiling and showing off your pearly whites
Choosing your dental crown
Schedule an appointment with your local dentist. A dentist will give you all the options and treatment plan as per your condition.
Type of crown chosen is the one your tooth can support.
Porcelain or ceramic crown – tooth colored cap made up of porcelain. They have least strength but mimics the natural tooth.
Metal crown – strong and durable made up of gold or metal alloy. It is used for posterior teeth where esthetics is not concerned.
Porcelain fused to metal – the strength of metal and looks of porcelain. Porcelain applied over a thin metal casting.
Zirconia – latest dental crown. They are quite expensive but gives the best esthetics and strength and used for implants.
Full crown that covers the entire tooth while there is something called 3/4th crown covering tooth partially.
After crown instructions
You may need to take some precautions with your new cap.
The dentist will give some instructions to stick to.
You may need to avoid eating sticky or hard food items for the first 24 hours from the same side.
It’s better to avoid drinks for a few minutes after cementation of your new cap till the cement sets.
You may feel a little awkward but this will disappear in a couple of days. It takes some time to get adjusted to this new feeling of foreign object in the mouth.
If it feels right you need to contact your dentist immediately.
How long does a dental crown last?
A dental crown will last long if you take good care of it and visit the dentist at regular intervals.
If you give proper care a dental crown last up to 15 years