Crown dentistry is an out-of-the mouth dental treatment. After the dentist makes a mold of your teeth, he will then make a crown after this replica. Dental hygiene, good oral health and tough material can make a crown last for 10 years or more; besides this, a crown can improve your set of teeth’s appearance, repair tooth damage and fit more comfortably than other treatment options.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It made from a tough substance, like porcelain. It keeps your tooth from further decay, damage, cracks and deterioration by capping it. It is usually performed following a root canal or other invasive treatment.
It is explained by the American Dental Association that a dental crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. It may also be needed in order to:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking (usually due to decay) or to hold parts of a cracked tooth together;
- Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been worn down;
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling;
- Keep a dental bridge in place;
- Cover severely discolored teeth or a dental implant; or,
- Make a cosmetic modification.
Materials for permanent dental crowns include stainless steel, metal (such as alloys that have a high content of platinum or gold, or base-metal alloys, like cobalt- chromium and nickel-chromium), ceramic, resin, porcelain or a mixture of any of these materials. Porcelain crowns, though less durable, are typically the most natural-looking option.
A dental treatment involving crowns takes about 2-3 visits over the course of 3-4 weeks. After the procedure is completed, it is required that you continue proper dental hygiene, daily brushing and daily flossing to help prevent bacteria, gum disease, and plaque to ensure that your crowns last a lifetime.