WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN CAP?
A tooth crown also called a dental crown cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. A dental crown can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. Once a permanent crown made in the dental laboratory and placed over the prepared tooth, it looks and works very much like a natural tooth.
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN PROCEDURE
Porcelain caps and crowns for teeth are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a tooth crown, our dentist will suggest a material, or a combination, that will be right for you.
A dental crown is required for a damaged but not lost tooth. A crown will restore tooth shape, and it's appearance and function. You might need a tooth cap if you had a root canal treatment on that tooth, a large filling, chipped or broken part of the damaged tooth.
Dental Crown Types
While composite crowns will match natural teeth colour, they are not always ideal for strength and durability. They won’t chip as easily as porcelain crowns, but they tend to wear more quickly from chewing. Teeth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of composite crowns, and this causes them to stain more easily.
Porcelain (Ceramic) crowns provide a very natural look and are an excellent option for people with metal allergies. When restoring front teeth, where appearance is a primary concern, porcelain crowns are usually the best solution. Because back teeth require more strength for chewing, you may need to have porcelain fused to metal crowns for added durability.
Porcelain fused to metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM) look natural and are stronger than porcelain or composite crowns. Porcelain-fused to metal crowns consist of a metal inner shell and porcelain outer shell fused. The metal shell provides the crown with extra resilience and strength and porcelain gives the crown a natural appearance. PFM crowns can be an excellent option for people who grind their teeth (bruxism).
Reasons for dental crowns
A crown will strengthen a tooth with a large filling when dental filling cannot support a tooth and hold the filling in place. Dental crowns can also be used to attach dental bridges, protect the tooth from breaking or chipping further and restore one that’s already broken. Caps and crowns for teeth is also used to cover a dental implant.
HOW IS A DENTAL CROWN DONE?
Dental procedure for placing crowns by a dentist normally takes two dentist visits. On your first visit:
The dentist gives you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
To prepare your tooth for the dental crown, the dentist files down the tooth to make room for the crown.
An impression of the filed-down tooth and other teeth are taken. This impression of your mouth is used to manufacture custom made dental crown. This step makes sure that a crown fits over your tooth, sitting correctly on your gum line and is the right shape.
Because it takes approximately two weeks for a dental laboratory to manufacture your custom made crown, our dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth that is being restored. The temporary crown is made from your tooth impression before it was filled down. The reason you want a temporary crown in place is to protect your filled down tooth while your permanent crown is ready.
On your second appointment, our dentist will take off the temporary crown and after making sure everything fits and you are satisfied with the colour of a crown - your permanent crown is cemented in place. With good oral care, your crown will be able to last for a while.
Cosmetic Dentistry Crown after placement
Once your dental crown was placed, sometimes it takes some getting used to prior to the permanent crown feeling normal in your mouth. After a short period of time, your new dental crown should function and feel like your natural tooth. Let us know if you still have any questions about your crown.
How long do dental crown last
Dental crowns are durable and generally last approximately ten(10) years or longer if you take good care of them. Make sure to follow your regular oral health routine and brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth. Do not bite down on hard objects or use your crown to open or cut things as dental crowns, just like your natural teeth can chip or break as a result.