A dental crown is the best treatment to protect and strengthen a tooth after it has been significantly compromised (e.g., large amount of decay removed). Essentially a custom-made porcelain ‘helmet’, a crown is designed to look like your natural teeth so that it’s indistinguishable once fitted.
Your dentist will fit the crown over the compromised tooth, restoring its integrity. The crown will essentially seal off the vulnerable tooth from the mouth in order to reduce the risk of infection and improve the tooth’s longevity.
Why Might a Dental Crown Be Recommended?
Crowns are appropriate solutions for a number of dental issues:
Protect a Tooth After Root Canal Therapy
Provide an excellent Base for bridges
Restore a dental Implant post-surgery
Cover cracked or discoloured teeth
What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?
A Dental Crown Procedure Takes Place Over Two Appointments.
During the first appointment, your dentist will reshape the tooth for the impending crown. Once prepared, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a local lab where specialised technicians make your personalised crown.
At the end of the first appointment, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it until your permanent porcelain crown is ready.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is fitted in place. Your dentist will ensure that the crown fits perfectly over the tooth, checking your bite and jaw alignment.
Why Do We Use Porcelain Dental Crowns?
Porcelain, a type of ceramic, is an ideal material to use in dental procedures as it can be formed to the shape of a natural tooth and look virtually identical. It can also be made to mimic the tone and translucency of dental ivory, which is why it’s an excellent choice for prominent front teeth, though equally appropriate for large molars.
Another advantage of porcelain is that it’s a bio-compatible material, which means it causes no gum irritation or allergic reactions. A porcelain crown feels like a natural tooth.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
How Do I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?
A temporary crown is a short-term solution until the permanent porcelain crown is ready. There are precautions that need to be taken with a temporary crown:
- Avoid chewy or sticky foods, like chewing gum and caramel, which can stick to the temporary crown and pull it out.
- Avoid hard foods, like nuts and raw vegetables, which can break or dislodge the temporary crown.
Is a Dental Crown Procedure Painful?
During the dental crown procedure, local anaesthetic is used to numb the mouth so that no pain is felt. After the appointment, once the anaesthetic has worn off, some discomfort or soreness may be felt around the gum where the crown was placed, but over-the-counter medication should be enough to alleviate any pain.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Unlike your natural teeth, dental crowns don’t last forever. On average, they last for up to 15 years, though it’s important to remember that that tooth underneath crown can still become infected and decay if not properly cared for.
As with natural teeth, a crown’s longevity is dependent on good oral hygiene, which involves regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as six-monthly check-ups with one of our friendly dentists.
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