Crowns are dental restorations that are used to cover an entire tooth to restore its shape and size. They also help in treating a crack or a fracture, thereby strengthening the tooth's structure. Sometimes, restorative methods such as filling or veneers may not be enough to restore a cracked tooth. In such cases, crowns are the best alternative.
What are the uses of crowns?
- Crowns help to restore cracked and fractured teeth.
- They are used to restore teeth that are severely damaged due to cavities.
- They restore the shape and size of chipped teeth.
- When a previously applied filling has cracked or worn out, a crown can be used to cover it.
- A tooth that has had root canal treatment could crack easily due to the lack of nourishment. Bonding a crown to such a tooth would hold it intact and prevent its failure.
- They provide support and stability to a dental bridge.
- Teeth that have been severely worn out due to enamel erosion can be restored using crowns.
What is the procedure involved to get a crown?
Getting dental crowns usually takes two visits to the dentist's office. During the first visit, the dentist takes highly accurate digital molds, which would act as a reference for the fabrication of the crown. The digital impressions would also be used to make a temporary crown, which can be used until the permanent one is available.
Fabricating a crown is a meticulous process and is done with high precision. The accurate measurements obtained from the molds are used to fabricate them, and it is done in a dental laboratory. Before the temporary crown is placed on the tooth, its surface has to be prepared. In the case of cavities, the decay is removed, and the surface of the tooth is shaped so that the crown can fit accurately on it. Before starting the procedure, local anesthesia will be administered. While the tooth is numb, the crown will be placed on it.
The tooth will have to be cleaned thoroughly before the restoration is placed. Then the crown is being adhered to the surface of the tooth with the help of photo-sensitive adhesives. A special curing light is used to harden it, making the crown bond firmly to the tooth.
Taking care of the crowns
Like all dental appliances, crowns would last longer when proper oral hygiene is maintained. Brushing and flossing twice a day is a healthy practice that eliminates the majority of the microbes from the mouth. Especially, the usage of fluoride-rich toothpaste improves the strength of the teeth. Regular follow-up visits to the dentist's office would reveal any damage or wear of the crown.
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