Dental crowns are tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance. The crowns when cemented will encase the complete visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.
Who should opt for dental crown?
Dental crowns are opted in the following situations:
Dental bridges can restore your smile and revives the ability to chew and speak. Most people opt for dental bridges because it maintains the shape of your face and prevents teeth from drifting out of position.
- When the teeth is broken or decayed or hold other parts of a cracked tooth
- Restoring broken tooth that has been severely worn down
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implant
- Cosmetic modification
For children, a crown may be used on primary teeth to:
- Save a tooth that has been damaged or decayed
- Protect the teeth at greater risk of tooth decay
- Reduce the frequency of general anesthesia for children
Crowns are made of various materials, of which some of them are listed below:
Porcelain bonded to precious metal
Most crowns are made of this material. A precious metal base is made and porcelain is applied in layers over it.
The crowns are made up of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns. They look very natural ad most often used for front teeth
This type of crown is suitable for all areas of the mouth. It is a metal-free alternative, which can add strength as of a bonded crown.
These crowns are very natural and can be used anywhere in the mouth
It is one of the oldest filling materials. It is used with other metal alloys to increase the strength, making it very hardwearing. These crowns are silver, gold in color.
Generally, you will need to have 2 visits. During the first visit, your dental team will prepare the tooth, take impression and fit the temporary crown. During the second visit, your dentist will fit the permanent crown.
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