Dental crowns are recommended to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury. They are also frequently used to restore dental implants and support dental bridges. Made of ceramic or metal, the crown is a tooth-like cap that helps to restore the beauty and function of teeth that are partially damaged but not badly enough to warrant complete replacement. Depending on the dental condition, the dentist will determine the type of crown used and the method of application.
Dental Crown Procedures
The dental crown procedure can alleviate the pain and prevent further damage to the cracked or worn out tooth. It is considered a major restorative procedure that will involve two or more dental appointments. Although it may seem costly at first, the long-term consequence of leaving the tooth untreated is usually a more expensive and involved procedure.
Dental crown treatment is usually a two-step procedure. The dentist will first have to prepare the tooth by removing thin layers of enamel in order to make room for the crown. The same is required of the neighbouring teeth. An impression of the tooth and surrounding area will be taken to serve as a blueprint for the fabrication of the crown, which is crafted at the dental practice or a dental laboratory. If there are multiple crowns being made, temporary crowsn will be placed to protect the prepared teeth while you wait for the crowns to be completed – this may take up to several days. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will make some final adjustments to make sure the crown is fitted precisely over the prepared tooth and cemented in place.
Dental Crown – How Long Does It Last?
Dental crowns generally last for a long time – 10 to 15 years – provided, of course, that you practice proper oral hygiene. Crowns may need to be replaced after a long period of wear and tear or when it has been compromised by a dental decay. It may even need to be replaced due to an imprecise fitting during placement. That is why the experience and training of your cosmetic dentist is critical, to ensure that your crown is done right the first time, to avoid future problems and complications.
As mentioned, there are different types of dental crowns. Metal crowns are generally less popular than porcelain or composite crowns mainly due to aesthetic reasons. While they may be robust and functional, metal crowns made of palladium, nickel or gold are avoided because their colours do not blend with the shade of our natural teeth. Porcelain crowns on the other hand are not only durable they can be colour matched to blend seamlessly with the rest of our teeth.
If you want to find out more about dental crowns book a cosmetic consultation with Dr Luke Cronin at Quality Dental. Contact the client management team on (02) 9922 1159 or visit www.qualitydental.com.au