While nothing matches the durability and aesthetic appeal of our own natural, healthy teeth, crowns can treat a number of dental issues.
A crown is a customised tooth replacement that is glued over a portion of your natural tooth. A post is sometimes inserted to support the crown. Because it is a permanent restoration, it resembles a natural tooth in both function and appearance. Crowns in the modern day are crafted from a range of materials, and the prices vary accordingly.
Why do I need a dental Crown?
There are a variety of reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns are used to restore teeth:
- Weakened by deterioration or extremely worn
- Affected by an excessive filling,
- Following root-canal procedures, and
- To help maintain a bridge’s stability.
How do I determine what type of crown I need?
In the past, crowns were made of silver or gold, which was durable but extremely obvious. Patients now have a greater selection of genuine tooth-like constructions to choose from. While some crowns are constructed of porcelain linked to noble or base metals, more natural-looking metal-free crowns made of porcelain and/or glass composites can seem more like real teeth. A realistic-looking crown is also important if you worry about having metal in your mouth or if it will be visible when you smile.
Your dentist will discuss the ideal material for your restoration with you and go through the benefits of each type. Obviously, generally the more realistic the appearance of the crown is the more expensive it is.
What exactly does a dentist do?
Your dentist will carefully modify your natural tooth to hold the crown during the initial appointment. In order to create the tooth, the dentist will then take moulds to send to the dental lab. It’s crucial to take a colour match so the new crown looks as similar to your natural tooth as possible. At the initial consultation, the dentist places a temporary crown to cover and protect your natural tooth until the permanent crown is ready for placement.
The last crown will be attached to your natural tooth with dental adhesive at your second appointment. This adhesive creates a seal that protects your natural tooth.
The amount of money you should spend on the crown mainly depends on where it will be placed in your mouth.
The molar tooth in the back of your mouth is intended to grind and chew food. However, it is wise to spend more money to have a crown made of quality materials for a front tooth restoration so that it more nearly mimics the translucency and lustre of your natural teeth.
How should I look after my crown?
Never forget to brush your crown properly, giving close attention to the area where the gum meets the crown. Moreover, it’s essential to use an interdental brush and floss to protect your gums as well as the neck and base of your teeth. It’s crucial to avoid decay in the remaining portion of your natural tooth even though your crown cannot. Your crown should survive for many years if you maintain good oral hygiene and receive routine dental check-ups.
Will I ever require a crown replacement or repair?
Crowns can last a long time depending on the material used. However, a crown is slightly more prone to fracture or chipping than an original tooth.
Patients typically replace an old crown for one of two reasons:
- The gum has retracted, making the edge more visible.
- Patients upgrade to a more aesthetically pleasing option since the previous crown was composed of cheap materials.
If you believe your crown is bulging excessively from your other teeth, consult your dentist about possible options. Crowns can be considerably more concealed and natural-looking with today’s materials.
Can a crown fix multiple teeth at once?
A Bridge is a practical solution for replacing a missing tooth (or even two teeth). Crowns that support a tooth above the void are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap. This type of treatment is less expensive than a dental implant and appears natural. It is also fixed in place. However, maintaining good dental hygiene is essential for this treatment to be effective.