A good set of healthy, white sparkling teeth is desired by many. A common answer to the problems associated with physical dental damage is a dental crown. A dental crown refers to the method of restoration of teeth using certain materials which are cemented over or on top of a tooth.
A dental crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes also known as a cap. Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
Dental crowns are mostly used to fix the appearance of the teeth. Broken teeth or teeth destroyed by dental decay are mostly restructured with the help of dental crowns. A major difference between crowns and fillings is that unlike fillings, laboratory molded dental crowns act as a support to the remaining teeth. Because crowns are made in a laboratory, one has to have at least two trips to the dentist for a crown to be fitted. The crown is fitted after one or two weeks of taking an impression of the teeth. The new crown is fixed by using dental cement which acts like glue and sticks the crown with the teeth.
Types of crowns
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials. Here are some of the most popular options:
Porcelain bonded to precious or non-precious metal: this is what most crowns are made from. A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it. These Crowns have the benefit of Porcelain crowns and the strength of the metal.
Porcelain crowns: Known for their natural teeth like color, these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
All-ceramic crowns: this modern material is metal free and is most famous for their looks. It can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. This makes it suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
Glass: these crowns look very natural and are used on both front and back teeth.
Gold alloy crowns: gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Gold alloy, its stable and non-reactive nature, is suitable for crowns as it would not produce any harmful toxins after reacting with saliva or other food items. Its hardness and stature made it an optimum choice to be used in crowns in early times. Today it is used with other metals to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard-wearing restoration. These crowns are silver or gold in color.
Crown Preparation and Fitting
The dentist will prepare the tooth so it is the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface and leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist will take an impression (mold) of the prepared tooth, one of the other jaw, and possibly another to mark the way you bite together. The impressions will then be given to the dental technician, along with details of the shade to use and other information needed for the crown to be made.
When you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive. The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.
Usually, crowns are very difficult to spot and would require a careful eye. A new crown may feel a little uncomfortable but one can get used to it in no time. The expected life of a crown is seven to ten years but with careful and good maintenance and oral hygiene, they can last even longer. Crowns are used only to have an improved appearance of the teeth. Although crowns are very hard and extremely durable, they will not work for the prevention of tooth decay.
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