Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps positioned over teeth that require this particular treatment option. In addition to restoring the shape as well as size of the affected teeth, dental crowns are highly useful in making damaged or affected teeth stronger.
Are You A Candidate For Dental Crowns?
If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, then you’re most likely a candidate for dental crown placement:
- If your teeth have weakened because of dental problems like cracks and tooth decay
- If you have broken teeth or your teeth have badly worn down
- If you’ve had a serious dental filling and you don’t have much of the tooth left
- If you get a dental bridge and it needs support
- If you’re a victim of dental issues like tooth misalignment or tooth discoloration
- If you’ve had a dental implant treatment
- If you’ve had a root canal and your tooth needs to be covered
What’s the Procedure?
The procedure usually involves local anaesthetics as the dentist works by filing down the tooth and reducing it in size for making extra space for crown placement. Impression of the tooth helps in developing a plastic crown that the patient is required to wear temporarily. The patient may have to wait two to three weeks while the permanent crown gets prepared at the dental lab. Professional and technicians make use of microscopes and other equipment for ensuring a perfect fit along with trying to get an exact color match for crowns. After preparation of the crown, the patient revisits the dentist and the temporary crown is removed with the final crown being cemented on.
Does A Dental Crown Last Long?
It is believed that dental crowns can last over 10 years, depending on factors like the crown’s “wear and tear”, the patient’s oral hygiene routine as well as lifestyle. For instance, habits like frequent clenching of teeth, biting fingernails or misusing teeth for purposes like opening seals can negatively affect the longevity of dental crowns. If you damage your dental crown somehow, it is best to consult your dentist immediately so that the problem can be assessed and fixed. At times, the problem is loose cement and the crown can be re-cemented.
It should be noted that a tooth having a dental crown isn’t immune to cavity. A dental crown is placed right above your gums, and if the teeth aren’t brushed on a regular basis, tooth decay can affect the area between the dental crown and the affected tooth.
Do You Need Follow-up Care?
While dentists suggest that dental crowns don’t require extra care, it is important to understand that following a strict oral hygiene routine is very important for protecting the underlying tooth from periodontitis or tooth decay. You should also avoid biting on hard surfaces while brushing and flossing the teeth on a regular basis.