What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is basically a ‘cap’ or covering that can be placed over a tooth by a dentist. Dental crowns are usually put in place to give damaged teeth their original shape or size while at the same time restoring the normal functioning of teeth. Adding dental crowns can improve the strength of weak teeth and improve the aesthetics of your dental formula by giving a person a better smile.
What Are Some Of The Reasons Why You May Need Dental Crowns?
There are several reasons why you may need to visit a dentist to get dental crowns. For example, you may need dental crowns if:
• Your teeth have cavities that are simply too big to be covered with filings
• You have cracked, damaged, worn out or weak teeth
• You have recently had a root canal surgery. In this case, a dental crown will help protect any newly restored tooth
• You want to give yourself a better and more amazing smile by covering discolored teeth
What Are Dental Crowns Made From?
Dental crowns can be made from different materials such as composite resin, ceramics, metal alloys, porcelain or a fusion of porcelain and metal. On requesting for dental crowns, the dentist usually gauges the natural color of your teeth when choosing the material to use in making dental crowns so that the crowns you are given mimic the color of your existing natural teeth.
When making your crowns, your dentist usually has to ensure that they fit comfortably inside your mouth and conform to the color of your other teeth. When selecting the material(s) to use when molding your crowns, your dentist will consider several factors including:
• The location where the dental crown will go and the function of the tooth that will be covered by the crown
• The location of the gum in relation to the placement of the crown
• Your own personal preference and desired look
• The amount of teeth surface that is visible when you flash a smile
• The color of the tooth that will be covered by the crown
What Does Fitting Dental Crowns Entail?
If you need dental crowns fitted, you will typically need to set two appointments with your dentist. The process of fitting dental crowns usually involves several steps as shown below.
Steps Followed When Fitting Dental Crowns
1. First your dentist will prep the affected tooth by getting rid of the outer portion of the tooth so that the crown can get a nesting place. During this process, the dentist will also get rid of any decay within the tooth and build the core of the affected tooth should it appear that the crown will require support.
2. Your dentist will then make a model on which to base the dental crown by either scanning your tooth digitally or by making an impression using a mold.
3. The next step is usually the preparation of the crown. This process typically takes less than two weeks. As you wait for your crown to be molded, you may be given a temporary crown by your dentist. If you are given a temporary crown, you may find that your tooth is more sensitive than usual. While the temporary crown is in place, you should avoid consuming hard and sticky foods as well as chewing gum. However, it is worth noting that if you are dealing with a dentist who has modern state-of-the-art equipment, you may get your crown on the same day hence negating the need for a temporary crown.
4. Once your dental crown has been molded, your dentist will place it in your mouth and then adjust it to fit snugly in place. Once you and the dentist agree on the positioning of the crown, your dentist will then cement it firmly in its position.
Top Tips On How To Care For Your Dental Crowns
Just like your natural teeth, dental crowns can also sustain damage like cracking or breaking. Additionally, the teeth underneath can also get cavities. Below are some top tips on how to avoid getting teeth cavities or damaging your dental crowns.
• Ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and ensure that you also floss between your teeth
• Only use dental hygiene and care products that are stamped with the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association (ADA). This seal usually indicates that a product has been tested and proven to meet the effectiveness and safety standards set by the ADA.
• Avoid consuming hard foods or chewing on hard items such as pens especially if your crowns take up the color of the natural teeth
• Make a point of seeing your dentist regularly to get your crowns examined and professionally cleaned