A dental crown is a cover or cap that is put over a tooth to restore a damaged or missing tooth to its normal size, shape, and function. A crown is used to protect the tooth or improve the way it looks.
WHY DENTAL CROWNS
Your dentist may suggest you a dental crown because...
They can protect or support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure remaining.
They can attach a bridge to substitute missing teeth.
They can protect a weak or already compromised tooth from fracturing.
They can restore a fractured or broken tooth.
They can cover a badly shaped tooth.
They can cover a stained or discolored tooth.
They can cover a dental implant.
BENEFITS OF CROWNS
Crowns have a high success rate.
Crowns are more cost-effective than other treatments.
Since dental crowns are simple restorations, they can be completed in a couple of visits to the dentist’s practice.
Dental crowns are made from highly durable material, which ensures they last long without any hassle.
Crowns are placed to cover a tooth entirely, thus ensuring it is protected from any form of damage.
Since dental crowns are made from highly customizable dental-grade ceramic, they can be personalized as required.
Crowns can be fabricated to perfectly match the appearance of the adjoining teeth, keeping them under disguise.
TYPES OF CROWNS
Metal crowns are known to last for the longest time as they can withstand biting and chewing forces. Since made of strong metal, they rarely chip or crack. However, since they have a metallic color, they can make the teeth look displeasing. Hence, they are preferred for the molar region.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal looks just like natural teeth and is therefore used in front teeth. However, they are not durable and are prone to wear and tear.
All-resin dental crowns are inexpensive compared to other crown types. However, they are prone to wear and tear over time than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
All-ceramic dental crowns are preferred by people who are allergic to metals. They also offer a natural and aesthetically pleasing look to the teeth. Therefore, all-ceramic dental crowns are placed at the front teeth in most cases.
WhaT TREATMENT PROCEDURES ARE CROWNS USED FOR?
Dental crowns can be used in the treatment of the following oral conditions:
1. WORN OUT TEETH
If you have the condition called bruxism or night-time teeth grinding, you may suffer from excessive teeth wear. Besides, subconscious jaw clenching can also cause wear and tear of the teeth. Dental crowns can be used to restore such worn-out teeth to their ideal shape and contour.
3. BROKEN OR CRACKED TEETH
Teeth that have sustained external trauma can cause damage in the form of fractures or cracks, leading to severe pain. Such teeth should be treated and restored immediately; otherwise, the tooth may have to be extracted due to excess damage. Placing a crown on such broken or damaged teeth helps to restore them back to their proper functional and structural state.
2. CHIPPED OR MISSHAPEN TEETH
Chipped or naturally misshapen teeth can make your smile appear aesthetically displeasing. Such teeth can be treated by composite bonding, but getting a crown to cover the tooth would be more durable and long-lasting.
4. WEAK TEETH
After undergoing dental treatments like root canal therapy, teeth can become extremely weak, prone to cracking or crumbling under high forces. This happens due to the lack of nourishment to the teeth. A dental crown can be placed to hold it intact and prevent further damage.