If your tooth is damaged or missing, with dental crowns you can get back your wonderful smile. Crowns are safe and are used to fill up tooth gaps. Crowns are designed to assist you chew and bite; ultimately this may have a positive effect on other body systems including the digestive system.
Nofrills Dental practices provide various skillfully designed styles of crowns. Your Nofrills Dental practice dentist will recommend the most suitable crown for you depending on your dental needs, preference and budget.
What is a crown?
A crown refers to the covering used on a damaged tooth. A crown is a method of tooth restoration; it returns a damaged tooth back to its original size, shape and functionality. A crown strengthens the tooth and/or enhances its appearance.
You may need a crown if you:
- Your tooth has a very large cavity that cannot repaired by filling
- You lost a tooth and require a bridge
- You have an implant that requires covering
- You have a cracked, work-out or weakened tooth
- You have undergone a root canal procedure; the crown protects your restored tooth
- You need to conceal tooth discoloration or a tooth that is not well shaped to enhance your natural smile.
Materials that make up the crown
Various materials can be used to crown teeth including metal alloys, composite resin, ceramics, porcelain or a mixture of the aforementioned materials. The material used to make the crown is usually colored so as to appear the same as your existing teeth.
|Full porcelain fused to metal crown||Full ceramic crown|
Nofrills Dental practices dentists will create crowns that look and feel as natural as possible. In choosing the most suitable crown material for you, the dentist considers a number of things such as the tooth’s location, gum tissue position, patient preference, visibility of tooth when smiling, natural teeth color and tooth functionality.
Crown Placement Procedure
Several steps are involved, and two dental visits are generally needed to complete the treatment.
- The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
- An impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown.
- You will get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready—usually less than two weeks. While you have the temporary crown, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or sticky foods during this time.
- The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to help make the crown.
- When the new crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
Before crown: Worn filling with decay and broken cusp
Crown is placed over prepared tooth
After crown placement
Caring for your teeth
To prevent damage to a crown, there are a few things you can do:
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria.
- Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, such as pencils. This is especially important for tooth-colored crowns.
- Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.
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