What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are rebuilding efforts made to reestablish a harmed tooth to its unique shape and measure. They are fixed on damaged teeth. Although, in some cases, they grow down onto the root surface, but mostly on the crown portion of a tooth. After attachment, the crown completely covers the damaged part of the tooth lying above the gum line. Crowns are customized to fit over each tooth. They are made of different types of materials, as well as a combination of some materials like ceramics, porcelain-and-metal, gold, or gum.
How Are Crowns Made
To prepare a crown, the dentist will remove the outer portion of the tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If it already has some filing, it is used as the basis for the crown.
After preparation, by utilizing a clay-like texture, an impression is obtained. It gives the dentist exact measurements of the tooth so that your crown can be customized. The impression allows the technician to look at all viewpoints of your bite and jaw movements and shape your crown so that your bite and jaw movements work ordinarily once the crown is placed. This whole procedure is done in about two to three weeks. The dentist will provide you a temporary crown to put on until your permanent crown is made.
How Do Crowns Work
A crown is used to cover a harmed tooth. Other than strengthening, a crown can help in improving the appearance, shape, and arrangement of a tooth. Crowns can serve a variety of purposes. A crown can be placed on implantation to give a tooth-like shape. Materials such as silver, gold, and metallic alloys, acrylic, and ceramics can be used to make the crown. The alloys are stronger than porcelain and can be used in the crowning of back teeth. To get more benefits, porcelain is bonded to a metal shell, making it stronger and attractive.
6 Reasons to Get A Dental Crown
1. A Large Cavity
A dentist can recommend a crown if there is a big cavity that cannot be filled with a filling.
3. To Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile
You can get customized crowns in order to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile.
5. Chipped Tooth
In comparison to a chip, a crown will not only improve the overall look but also provide protection to your damaged tooth.
2. Cracked Tooth
A dental crown is also recommended if you have a crack in your teeth. The crown can save your teeth from further damage. The dentist will place the crown after cleaning the crack.
4. A Missing Tooth
You can replace your lost tooth with a crown as a visible lost tooth can affect your smile or create other dental problems, like issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
6. After a Root Canal
A crown is set over a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to provide more strength and safety.
Types of Dental Crowns
Metal crowns are the most solid crowns. They are made of gold, nickel, platinum or chromium. These crowns are best for rear teeth, which are used for extensive chewing. One of the drawbacks of this type of crown is its metallic color, which may not match the natural color of teeth. Hence it cannot be used for front teeth.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain
All ceramic or All Porcelain crowns are the best options for front teeth as they match well with your natural tooth color. These types of crowns are less durable than metal crowns and thus have a short life.
Porcelain and Metal Crowns
Just like a porcelain crown, a porcelain-and-metal fusion matches the shades of your teeth. But the metal line in the tooth is always visible, and it is not all-natural looking. Porcelain, on the other hand, is sometimes defenceless to chips and breaks. This type of crown is still used in specific work environments, and it is being dispensed with each ceramic crown, which is made of stronger glass hybrids like Lithium disilicate or solid zirconia.
All Resin crowns are the least expensive crowns. Resin crowns are less protective as they can easily be chipped. Resins are mostly used in temporary crowns.
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