Dental crowns can help restore the health and functionality of teeth that have chipped or decayed. The crown of the tooth is the portion above the gumline, and dental crowns can cover all or part of the tooth to protect it, relieve pain, and return your smile to good health. Here’s what you should know if your dentist has recommended crowns.
Top FAQ About Crowns
What are crowns made from?
Dental crowns are made in a variety of materials, including metals like stainless steel or gold alloy, composite resin, and porcelain or ceramic. While metals are more durable, they’re also visible. Some people choose metal for crowns on molars because they’re not in view. Composite resin, porcelain, and ceramic look more like your natural teeth.
Who is a good candidate for dental crowns?
People with chipped or cracked teeth or who need a root canal or large filling are likely to get dental crowns. The patient needs to have enough healthy tooth for the crown to be affixed to. Those without enough tooth may need a bridge or dental implant instead.
What’s the process for getting crowns?
Your dentist will offer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. They may also need to apply a filling first if the tooth has significant damage. Then, your dentist will shave the tooth down and make an impression of it that will guide a lab tech in forming a crown. You may get a temporary crown while your permanent one is being made.
A few weeks after your impression is made, you’ll return to the dentist to have the temporary crown replaced with one that is the right shape and color to match your natural teeth. It will be cemented on for durability.
Do dental crowns require special care?
You should brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep your crowns clean and healthy. You can continue eating the foods you usually eat, although some crunchy foods can chip porcelain or ceramic crowns. Avoid chewing anything that isn’t food, and resist the temptation to crunch on ice cubes, as these can damage crowns and shorten their lifespan.
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