Tell me more about dental crowns
Your dentist will recommend that you undergo the dental crown procedure for different reasons. Because of the different procedures that are involved, the dentist shall evaluate your condition to see if you are eligible.
Am I eligible for dental crowns?
If you have;
- Tooth decay because of trauma
- If you have fractured your tooth
- If you have broken caps
- If your teeth have excessive wear
You may be eligible for a dental crown procedure. These are just the common condition that may warrant a dental procedure. There are other conditions that may cause the dentist to recommend the dental crown procedure.
What is dental crown?
Before you can proceed further, you need to understand what dental crown is. You see, the human’s teeth are made of two parts; the root and the crown. The crown is usually the visible part of the tooth. So the tooth restoration procedure that covers the outside of the teeth is what is referred to as dental crowns.
What are the different types of crowns?
Depending on the condition of your teeth, the dentist will choose any of the following types of crowns;
- Porcelain crown; this usually comes fixed to the crown. Because of that, the crown will provide a strong bond for the teeth.
- Ceramic crowns; these crowns are usually used to restore the condition of the front teeth. They are mostly used because of their ability to blend with the natural teeth color
- Gold alloy; have been designed with a mixture of gold and copper. They do provide a strong bond and it doesn’t fracture.
- Base metal crowns; they are highly resistant to corrosion because of the non noble metal that have been used. They make strong crowns.
What to expect?
The dental crown procedure usually takes several sessions so as the dentist can evaluate your situation. Mostly during the first appointment, the dentist will examine your tooth. You may be required to get an X-ray for further clarification. During the evaluation procedure, the dentist will try to examine if your jaw teeth can support a crown. Once that is determined, the dentist usually takes an impression of the teeth and sends it to the lab. Your specific crown will then be designed. You will be given a temporary set of crowns as you wait for the permanent one to be designed.
At the subsequent dental visits, your dentist shall fix your permanent crowns by fastening it to your teeth. It will take time before you can adjust to the tooth that has been fixed.
Are there any complications that may occur after the procedure?
Dental crown procedure is not a painful process because the dentist shall apply an anesthetic on the affected area. The procedure sometimes may cause stress on the tooth which may eventually cause sensitivity or worse still the area becomes inflamed. Sometimes, the dentist may recommend root canal treatment to solve any issues that may arise.