Also referred to as caps, dental crowns were/are designed to support and maintain the functionality of a diseased or rather a damaged tooth-teeth. This painless procedure can help restore your original tooth-teeth appearance, size, strength, and shape.
Crowns are placed over a damaged tooth to help improve its appearance. To do this, your dentist will customize the crown according to the correct color and shape that is comfortable for you. In some instances, patients are advised to wear a temporary crown for a few days or weeks so as to see if it matches their shape and bite.
Suppose this crown fits, then a permanent one will be cemented into place and carefully positioned, dental crowns can encase the noticeable portion of the tooth that is above the gum line.
Crowns can be used for reasons, you can consider encasing your tooth if you relate to the following:
- You want to improve your smile by covering a badly shaped, damaged, or discolored tooth.
- One of your teeth is worn down or cracked.
- Your tooth cannot be filled because of the large cavity.
- You recently had a root canal treatment, so you want to make sure that your restored tooth is protected.
The durability of the cap depends on how you take care of it. You have to treat it as if it were a normal tooth. This implies that you have to brush as you would do to other uncapped teeth. Dental crowns can last a lifetime, but you have to get a regular check-up from your dentist.
Despite being one of the most common dental procedures, dental crown restorations are misunderstood. There are quite a number of misconceptions associated with this dental procedure. In this article, we take a close look at 5 vitally important facts you need to know about dental crowns.
Let's get started.
Your tooth with a dental crown is still a tooth.
Just like any other tooth, an encased tooth can still function as expected. It can bite, and it can be destructible. So you have to treat it with much care just as if it were a normal one. A dental crown might be made of different materials, but you still have to brush it as you would normally do. We recommend that you practice good dental hygiene, even if you have a new crown.
Dental crowns are used to restore a broken or severely decayed tooth.
We both can think of a number of things that can damage your teeth, right? Okay, let's say you already have a broken or severely decayed tooth, how will you deal with it? Some dentists may advise their patients to have fillings, bridges, dentures, or even implants.
But, in all honesty, dental crowning is the most effective treatment for restoring a damaged tooth, considering the distinct advantages it has over the aforementioned alternatives. Yes, dental crowns have their own set of disadvantages, but in this case, the disadvantages are outweighed.
It's quite obvious that a broken or decayed tooth has to be supported and protected, but fillings, bridges, dentures, and implants cannot hold up. Fillings can surely not hold together a broken tooth. So, in such a situation, what's your safe bet? Yes, dental crowns.
How are crowns made?
Three popular materials — metal (gold or another alloy), porcelain and stainless steel — are used to make dental crowns. Among the three, every dental clinic has its preferred material, but they might offer all three as options. Dentists will obviously recommend a crown material that blends well with your teeth color so that it looks more natural.
Metalsused as dental crowns contain a high content of platinum, gold, and nickel-chromium alloys. They are the most durable (rarely break or chip) in terms of getting damaged, and they can withstand forces that come with chewing or biting. The only drawback with this type pertains to the color. Metallic crowns are the most preferred types when dealing with out-of-sight molars.
Stainless steelthese types of crowns are used as a temporary measure that protects the filling or rather the tooth while a permanent dental crown is being manufactured. As it holds a place for the permanent crown, stainless steel crowns can cover the entire tooth and protect it from any further damage. In most cases, they are the most preferred type for children as they do not require one to visit the dentist occasionally.
Porcelain can be customized to match the color of your teeth. One of its main disadvantages is that it can break off as time goes on. This type is recommended for people who have metal allergies, and they can be used for both front and back teeth.
Crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons.
As indicated above, dental crowns can be used for a number of reasons. You can enhance the appearance of your smile by encasing a discolored or damaged tooth. This indicates that crowns can be used for aesthetic purposes.
Even when done for cosmetic purposes, your dentist has to achieve healthy gum tissue by making sure that the gum and the cap blend well. To make sure that they form a harmonize combination before the procedure commences, the dentist will have to customize the shade, size, contour, and shape of the crown.
The cost of Dental Crowns
Costs of dental crowns can vary depending on where you intend to have the procedure and the type of material used to make it. In the US, its range price is between $800 to $1700 or even more per crown. In European countries such as Turkey, dental crowns cost far less.
This content is created and published by Flymedi Medical Editors in August, 2019.