What is Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped artificial cover that is fixed over a tooth to protect it and restore its strength, size, shape as well as to improve its appearance.
The dental crown
is fixed to the tooth when a large cavity threatens the deterioration of the tooth into decaying completely. This dental crown is placed with the help of ‘dental cement’ and it is made from a number of different materials.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Crown procedure?
The ideal candidates for a dental crown are:
- People whose teeth are weak and need protection from breaking and to hold together pieces of a cracked tooth.
- People who wish to restore broken teeth or a severely deteriorated tooth.
- People have a large filling in a small tooth that needs support and cover to hold the filling in place.
- People who have an unstable dental bridge.
- People who need to cover a severely discolored tooth or cover a misshapen tooth.
- People who wish to cover a dental implant.
- People who wish to make a cosmetic modification.
Children are considered to be candidates for a dental crown procedure when:
- A severely decayed and damaged tooth with a filling needs to be supported.
- Severe tooth decay threatens teeth.
What are the uses of a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is used when:
- A large cavity in the tooth threatens to infect the surrounding teeth as well
- Loose teeth need external support to improve the strength
- Misshapen teeth need improvement in their appearance
- Pieces of a cracked tooth need to be held in place
- A weak tooth needs to be protected from breaking due to decay
- A broken, or a severely worn, tooth needs to be restored
- A filling in a mostly broken tooth needs cover and support
- A dental bridge gets loose
- Misshapen and discolored teeth need to be covered
- A dental implant needs to be covered
- A cosmetic alteration needs to be done
What are the different types of Dental Crowns?
There are a number of different materials that are used to make dental crowns, such as:
These are molded crowns that are used as a temporary measure on permanent teeth. This is used in case a tooth or filling needs to be protected. These are often used to fit over a primary tooth in children. This crown is useful in covering the tooth completely and protecting it from decay. This crown comes off naturally after the primary tooth falls off on its own and the permanent tooth can take its place.
Gold alloy, palladium, nickel and chromium are often used to make dental crowns. This is an easier procedure to fit and also has less wearing effect on the opposing teeth. These are more durable and resistant to more degrees of force than other material dental crowns. These are more preferable for molars deep in the mouth.
These dental crowns can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth; however, these types of dental crowns are more susceptible to being worn down as compared to other materials. The porcelain part can also break off or get chipped. The main drawback in this dental crown is that the metal base appears as a dark line near the gum line and even causes the gums to recede at times.
These dental crowns are cheaper than other types but are more easily worn down and are also more prone to develop cracks over time.
These dental crowns can be made to match your other teeth color perfectly and are preferred for people with metal allergies. Although, they are not as strong as porcelain-in-metal, they also tend to wear down opposite teeth. These are good choices for fitting in the front teeth.
Temporary vs Permanent
Temporary crowns can be easily made in your dentist’s office whereas permanent crowns need to be cast in a dental laboratory. Acrylic or stainless steel is usually used in making temporary crowns until a permanent crown can be fitted.
What is the procedure for applying Dental Crowns?
The procedure for applying a dental crown follows these steps:
Preparing the tooth
The dentist will first examine the tooth needing a dental crown using an x-ray. This is to check the roots of that tooth as well as the surrounding bone. In case the dentist notices severe decay or infection or injury to the pulp of the tooth they will perform a ‘root canal’ treatment first.
The tooth and the surrounding gums are then numbed using local anesthesia and the intended tooth is filed down from the sides and the top to make space for the crown. In case the intended tooth is severely damaged and has lost a major part the dentist will use ‘filling material’ to craft it in shape for the crown to fit properly.
After the tooth is shaped the dentist uses putty or paste to take an impression of the targeted tooth. The impression is taken for the upper jaw as well as the lower jaw to ensure that the crown fits perfectly in the teeth line.
These impressions are delivered to a dental lab to manufacture the crown. It takes around 2-3 weeks for the crown to be received by the dentist. The crown lab is given specific instructions regarding the size, shape, material and color (if possible) before making the crown.
A temporary crown made of acrylic is placed by the dentist in the targeted tooth till the procedure to fix the permanent crown can be performed.
Implanting dental crown
The second visit requires the dentist to remove the temporary crown as well as check the color and fit of the permanent crown. If the dentist is satisfied with the temporary crown they will then use an anesthetic to numb the tooth and use a dental cement to fix the permanent implant in place.
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