Dental crowns are the best way to protect and strengthen teeth after they’ve been significantly compromised (e.g., large amount of decay removed). A crown is a custom-made porcelain cap or ‘helmet’ designed to be indistinguishable from your other, natural teeth.
Your dentist fits the crown over the compromised tooth to restore its integrity. The crown will essentially seal the tooth off from the rest of the mouth, reduce the risk of infection and increase the tooth’s longevity.
If you would like to discuss your dental crown requirements, phone the friendly Plainland Dental team on 07 5465 7995 or book online today.
Why might a dental crown be recommended?
Dental crowns can remedy a number of issues:
Protect teeth after root canal therapy
Provide a stable base for a bridge
Restore a dental implant post-surgery
Cover chipped or discoloured teeth
What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?
A dental crown fitting takes place over two appointments.
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the custom-made crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a local lab where specialised technicians create your personalised crown.
At the end of the initial appointment, a temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is ready.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown is replaced with your permanent one. The dentist will take time to ensure the new crown is a perfect fit, checking your jaw alignment and bite.
How do I care for my temporary dental crown?
A temporary crown is a short-term fix until your new, permanent crown is ready. There are precautions that should be taken with a temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky or chewy foods (e.g., chewing gum or caramel) which can stick to the crown and pull it out.
- Avoid hard foods (e.g., raw vegetables and nuts) which can dislodge or beak the crown.
Is a dental crown procedure painful?
During the dental crown fitting, the area is numbed with local anaesthetic so no pain is felt. Afterwards, when the anaesthetic has worn off, some soreness or discomfort might be felt in the gum around the prepared tooth, but nothing that over-the-counter pain medication can’t handle.
Why do we use porcelain dental crowns?
A type of ceramic, porcelain is a very good material to use in dental procedures as it can be formed to the shape of natural teeth look virtually identical. Porcelain can be made to mimic the tone and translucency of dental ivory, which is why it’s often recommended for prominent front teeth, though it’s equally appropriate for large molars.
Porcelain is also a bio-compatible material, which means it doesn’t cause any gum irritation or allergic reactions. A porcelain crown feels like a natural tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Unlike your natural teeth, dental crowns don’t last forever. They last for an average of 15 years, but it’s important to remember that the tooth underneath the crown can still become infected and decay if not adequately cared for.
The longevity of your crown is dependent on good oral hygiene, just like natural teeth, which is why regular brushing, flossing and rinsing is so important. We also recommend twice yearly appointments with one of our friendly dentists.
To make an appointment with the experienced Plainland Dental team,
phone 07 5465 7995 or book online today.
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