Dental crowns: A quick fix that goes a long way

Dental crowns: A quick fix that goes a long way
April 29th, 2016 | Blog | 1 Comment

Dental crowns are an amazing solution to a chipped tooth that needs replacing or a cavity that needs to be filled.  When your problem is localized and little work is  needed,  a crown is by far your best choice.

A dental crown is a prosthesis that is placed on top of an implant or a reduced tooth with the goal of restoring both aesthetics and functionality.  A crown can be fabricated from a plethora of materials,  from firing porcelain to mixed compounds and in some rare cases even metals like gold.

Of course,  before a crown is placed, necessary preparations are needed; after a full assessment your dentist will let you know what options are open to you,  in most cases it can either be tooth resizing or extraction and replacement with an implant.

Resizing

When a tooth is severely damaged,  either by trauma or due to an infection,  there is a very real possibility that it might be lost.  Fortunately,  instead of removing jt completely,  it can be reshaped and used as a fixed point to set a crown.

The process is completely painless and it can be done in a single sitting. This is by far the most desirable choice since you won’t be needing invasive procedures.

Implants for dental crowns

If the damage to your tooth is extensive it might be a better choice to replace the root with an implant or mini-implant.  While this involves a little bit of work in the end the results are similar to other options.

So,  what are the downsides of a crown?,  for one,  since the crown is usually set in place with the help of a binding agent such as dental cement; it’s quite likely that it may come loose as the result of a trauma or wear.  That is why it is extremely recommended that you schedule two appointments a year with your dentist to check the overall integrity of your crown and make adjustments as necessary.

In the end,  a crown coming loose is extremely unlikely as long as you keep a good dental hygiene,  you can clean your crown with dental floss and brushing,  just like normal teeth.  You might want to avoid very hard foods,  since,  even if the crown can withstand the pressure,  it does contribute to wear in the long run.  Be mindful of your health and be moderate,  that’s all you need to lead a happy life with your dental crowns