What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to protect it, restore its shape and function, or improve its appearance. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold, and metal alloys.
When are dental crowns used?
Dental crowns may be used to:
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns can offer a number of benefits, including:
- Improved appearance: Dental crowns can be used to improve the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth.
- Improved function: Dental crowns can help to restore your ability to chew and speak properly.
- Increased comfort: Dental crowns can help to reduce tooth sensitivity and discomfort.
- Improved dental health: Dental crowns can help to prevent further tooth decay and gum disease.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last for many years with proper care. However, they may eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear, damage, or changes in your oral health. It is important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to keep your crowns in good condition.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
The most common types of dental crowns are:
- Porcelain and ceramic crowns: These crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic material that is matched to the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the most natural-looking type of crown, but they are also the most expensive.
- Gold crowns: Gold crowns are made from gold alloy. Gold crowns are very durable, but they are not as natural-looking as porcelain or ceramic crowns.
- Metal alloy crowns: Metal alloy crowns are made from a variety of metal alloys, such as nickel and chromium. Metal alloy crowns are less expensive than gold crowns, but they are also not as natural-looking.
What is the procedure for getting a dental crown?
The procedure for getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth that will receive the crown. This involves removing some of the tooth structure to make room for the crown. Your dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression will be used to create a model of your tooth that will be used to make the crown.
During the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown that was placed during the first appointment and place the permanent crown. The permanent crown will be cemented in place and adjusted to ensure a proper fit.
What are some of the potential side effects of dental crowns?
The most common side effects of dental crowns are:
- Tooth sensitivity: Teeth with crowns may be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures than teeth without crowns. This sensitivity is usually temporary and goes away within a few weeks.
- Gum irritation: The gums surrounding a crowned tooth may become irritated, especially in the first few weeks after the crown is placed. This irritation is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and good oral hygiene.
- Crown dislodgment: Crowns can sometimes become dislodged or fall off. This is usually due to wear and tear or poor dental hygiene. If your crown becomes dislodged or falls off, contact your dentist immediately to have it replaced.
How can I care for my dental crown?
To care for your dental crown, you should:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth once a day.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice and candy.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental crowns, please talk to us. We will help you determine if a crown is right for you and can answer any questions you have about the procedure.
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