A dental crown is the best way to strengthen and protect a tooth after it’s been significantly compromised (e.g., large amount of decay removed). A crown is a custom-made porcelain ‘helmet’ designed to look like your natural teeth so that it is undetectable from your other teeth.
Your dentist fits the crown over the tooth to restore its integrity. The crown seals off the vulnerable tooth from the mouth in order to reduce the risk of infection and increase the tooth’s longevity.
Why might a dental crown be recommended?
Dental crowns can be a solution for a number of issues:
Protect the tooth after root canal
Provide a stable base for a dental bridge
Restore a dental implant post-surgery
Cover chipped or discoloured teeth
What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?
Fitting a dental crown requires two appointments.
During your first appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown. Once prepared, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a local lab where your unique crown is created.
At the end of the first appointment, your dentist will fit a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it until your personalised porcelain crown is ready.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your new, permanent crown is fitted. The dentist will ensure the fit is just right, checking your bite and jaw alignment.
How do I care for my temporary dental crown?
A temporary crown is a short-term solution to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready. Certain precautions should be taken with a temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky or chewy foods (e.g., chewing gum or caramel) which can stick to the temporary crown and dislodge it.
- Avoid hard foods (e.g., nuts and raw vegetables) which can dislodge or break the temporary crown.
Is a dental crown procedure painful?
During the dental crown procedure, the mouth is numbed with local anaesthetic so that no pain is felt. After the anaesthetic has worn off, some soreness or discomfort may be felt around the gum where the crown was placed, but over-the-counter medication should alleviate any pain.
Why do we use porcelain dental crowns?
Porcelain is a type of ceramic, and it’s a very good material to use in dental procedures as it can be formed to the shape of natural teeth and look identical. Porcelain can also be made to mimic the translucency and tone of dental ivory. Because of this, it’s often recommended for prominent front teeth, though it’s equally appropriate for large molars.
Porcelain is a bio-compatible material, which simply means it causes no gum irritation or allergic reactions. A porcelain crown feels like just another tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns don’t last forever, unlike natural teeth. They last up to 15 years on average, though it’s important to remember that the tooth under the crown can still become infected and decay if not properly cared for.
Like your natural teeth, a crown’s longevity is dependent on good oral hygiene, which involves regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as six-monthly check-ups with one of our friendly dentists.
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