Your teeth can become damaged over time. This can occur for various reasons, including tooth decay, injuries, or regular use. Your teeth’ shape and size can deteriorate. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that fit over your natural tooth. Consider it a snug hat for your teeth. A dental crown improves the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. A dental crown is a cap that covers the visible portion of your tooth and is cemented into place.
Why do I need a dental crown?
A dental crown may be required for a variety of reasons, including:
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking (possibly due to decay) or keeping it together if parts of it are cracked.
- Restoring a tooth that has been broken or severely worn down.
- Use a large filling to cover and support a tooth that has very little tooth left.
- Using a dental bridge to keep it in place.
- Covering teeth that are misshapen or severely discoloured.
- A dental implant is covered.
- Covering a tooth that has had a root canal treatment.
What are the types of dental crowns?
Permanent crowns are available in a variety of materials. These materials may include the following:
- Temporary crown – It’s exactly what it sounds like: a temporary crown. It’s a temporary crown that will only be in your mouth for a few days. It will be placed over your tooth with a removable adhesive, so it will not be as strong as a permanent crown. While you wait for a permanent crown to be made, you can do this. A second appointment will be scheduled to place the permanent crown on your tooth.
- One-day crown – You can get a crown in just one visit.
- Onlay or ¾ crown – Only a portion of the tooth is covered by some crowns. If a full crown isn’t required, your dentist may recommend an onlay or a 3/4 crown instead.
Your dentist will consider the following factors when deciding on the material for your crown:
- The location of your tooth.
- How much of your tooth will be visible when you smile.
- Your gum tissue’s position.
- The function of the crown-required tooth.
- How many natural teeth do you have left?.
- Colour of the teeth in the area.
What is the procedure for preparing my tooth for a dental crown?
To prepare for a dental crown, you’ll usually need two visits to the dentist. A dental crown can be made in your dentist’s office in some cases.
- The initial visit – The tooth that will receive the crown is examined and prepared during the first visit. X-rays of the tooth and its surrounding bone are taken. If you have a cavity, your dentist may need to perform a root canal treatment before placing your dental crown.
- The second visit – The permanent crown is placed on your tooth at the second visit. The temporary crown is removed first, and the permanent crown’s fit and colour are assessed. If everything goes well, the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic, and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
- Final visit – The procedure begins similarly to how a traditional crown is made, removing decay and shaping the tooth to ensure a perfect fit inside the crown.
Is there anything special that needs to be done with a crowned tooth?
A crowned tooth does not necessitate any special attention. However, the underlying tooth must be kept free of decay and gum disease. As a result, you should continue to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is recommended, especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. To avoid cracking porcelain crowns, avoid biting on hard surfaces with porcelain crowns (for example, chewing ice or popcorn hulls).
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