Dental Crowns And Everything You Need to Know About Them

Jun 16, 2019

Dental crowns help in restoring the function and appearance of your damaged tooth. To know more, the schedule can make an appointment with a dentist near you.

Dental crowns are dental prosthetic which appear like a tooth-shaped cap and are placed over the tooth to cover it and restoring its size, shape, strength and natural appearance. When cemented into place, a crown will fully encase the whole visible portion of your tooth which is at and over the gum line.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

  • Protecting a tooth weakened by decay or a broken tooth.
  • Restoration of a broken or a worn out tooth.
  • Restoring and supporting a tooth which has undergone a lot of filling.
  • Holding a dental bridge in its place
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • Making aesthetic modifications.

What Types of Crowns Are Available?

Dental crowns are available in the following material:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Metals such as gold, silver, platinum, base-metal alloys.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Composite Resin
  • Resin and Porcelain.
  • Temporary Crowns
  • Permanent Crowns

What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Tooth for a Crown?

The following steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a dental crown treatment:

  • Dental examination and preparing the tooth
  • Receiving a permanent dental crown

How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?

The following precautions need to be taken towards taking care of your temporary dental crown:

  • Avoiding chewy and stick food items such as caramel, chewing gum, etc.
  • Minimal usage of the affected side while chewing or eating.
  • Avoiding consumption of hard food items such as raw vegetables, biting ice, etc. which can break or dislodge your temporary crown.
  • Sliding dental floss instead of lifting it towards avoiding pulling off a temporary dental crown.

What Problems Could Develop With a Dental Crown?

Patients can experience the following problems, or difficulties post a dental crown treatment.

  • Sensitivity or discomfort.
  • A loose crown
  • A Chipped crown
  • An allergic reaction
  • The dental crown falling off
  • Dark lines on the crown next to the gum line

What Are “Onlays” and “3/4 Crowns?”

While traditional crowns cover the entire tooth, an onlays or a 3/4th crown covers only the underlying tooth to a much lesser extent.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last between 5 to 15 years with proper oral and dental care.

Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?

Like regular teeth, a crowned tooth requires good hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and scheduling regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning appointments, at least once in six months.

To know more about dental crowns and their benefits, schedule a consultation with Central Park Dental Care.

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