Dental Crown

A Crown is normally a cap of the tooth prepared artificially for damaged and badly decayed teeth.

A Crown normally encircles the tooth and normally attached with the tooth with dental cement. These are often used to strengthen the weak teeth and to improve the appearance of aesthetically unacceptable teeth. Fabrication of the crown most commonly occur outside the oral cavity. Impressions are made in the first appointment and then dentist place the crown on the next appointment. It is comparatively easy cosmetic procedure as compared to the other cosmetic interventions. Technological advancements have introduced digital intervention in the structuring of crowns which is very pragmatic and famous as well among the dentists.

Crowns normally help in supporting the weak teeth and is used to give more support to the teeth. It is also a very good option for the front teeth which are short in size. Moreover, if there’s too much space between the teeth, it is also applicable there. Crowns are applicable to both mandibular as well as maxillary arcade incase of complete or partial edentulism. Many dental procedure results in loss of tooth mass, which make teeth more susceptible to fracture in slightly considerable abuse. In such situations dental crowns helps a lot to give additional support such as root canal procedure. Molars are very functional in our oral cavity, as they have to perform all the masticatory functions so after root canal procedures of molars, crown placement is a must to give them additional support. Another important reason of crown placement is to improve the outlook of dental arcade which is variable among the customers. It is also placed to hold and fix the dental bridge. Dental implants can also be covered with the crowns.

A vast variety of material is used in its fabrication. Temporary crowns are made from stainless steel or plastic crowns while in the fabrication of permanent crowns all metals, ceramics, metal alloys or porcelain fused metals are normally used. Preference depends on the client’s health status and sensitivities.

Fitting a Dental Crown

Procedure of crown placement is very simple. On your first visit, your dentist will take all the information about your teeth and the surrounding area through X-rays and general dental examination. He will decide either crowning is suitable for you or not. Crowning is most commonly practiced after root canal treatments. Then he will anaesthetize the specified area locally and then he will debride the tooth to make some room for the crown. Then with the help of putty or any impression material, he will prepare a mold of top as well as bottom of your tooth. Then there might be a gap of 2-3 weeks in your next appointment. Your dentist might provide you a temporary crown to be on safe side. In your next appointment, temporary crown will be replaced with the newly fabricated crown. When you feel comfortable with the new crown then it will be cemented in the place. Some more visits if any problem with the crown may be suggested by your dentist.

Problems with Dental Crowns

After the procedure, first few days are very critical. Attentions should be directed towards proper hygiene and soft nutrition. Try to avoid sports for couple of weeks because any accidental trauma can lead to dislodging of the crown. Moreover, you might feel some heat and cold sensitivities especially if you have undergone root canal treatment because there might be some nerve tissues retained in that area but in most of the cases this subsides with the passage of time. If sensitivity issues are going further to couple of weeks then contact your dentist.

Occasionally, crown may be dropped. Improper fitting and lack of adhesive cement finally results in it. If you ever come to a situation like this then pick it up clean it thoroughly with a brush and remove all the debris in it. Then, either you can fix it with the adhesive available over the counter or you can visit your dentist. Normally, crowns last up to 6-8 years and occasionally it can lead up to couple of decades.

Lastly, dental crowns are one of the commonest dental cosmetic applications and it is relatively cheap as compared to the other cosmetic procedures. Although, duration of its stay depends on the expertise of the dental surgeon but still it is routinely practiced in almost all dental surgeries around the world.


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