Dental crowns

Dental crowns

A dental crown is often used by dentists to restore a tooth to its original size and shape by providing cover or cap for the tooth. Crowns also give the tooth a good fixation and enhance its appearance. Crowns become necessary when the tooth is broken down to a level where a filling will no longer be sufficient.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

  • Fixing a cracked tooth together to prevent further damage
  • Protection and support for a tooth with a large filling
  • Restoration of a broken tooth

Procedure for Dental Crown
The process for fixing dental crown usually requires two phases or visits. The tooth is first prepared by filing or reshaping, so the crown can fit in securely and comfortably. A unique impression is made of the teeth and gums using a special paste or putty. The impression is taken to a laboratory where a custom crown is made, which may take two to three weeks.

At the second visit, the newly made crown is checked correctly to ensure it fits properly and matches with tooth color. The dental crown is then permanently cemented onto the tooth.

Types of Dental Crowns

  • Metal Crowns
  • Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal Or PFM Crowns
  • Resin Crowns
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns

Complications of Dental Crowns

  • Pain or Sensitivity When Biting
  • Chip in A Porcelain Crown
  • Loose Dental Crown

With proper oral hygiene is maintained, dental crowns can last for about five to fifteen years.