Crowns are used to restore the shape, size, and strength of a damaged or decayed tooth. They provide protection and support to teeth that have undergone significant damage.
Dental crowns are a restorative dental solution that play a key role in preserving and enhancing your oral health. They are tooth-shaped caps that are custom-crafted to fit over damaged, weakened, or poor looking teeth, offering a range of benefits.
Not only do they strengthen and protect the underlying tooth structure, but they also provide durability and functionality, just like your natural teeth. Dental crowns can greatly improve the appearance of a tooth, restoring its shape, size, and colour, to enhance your smile. The first step is coming in for a dental exam, so your dentist can assess your teeth.
Firstly, a thorough examination is conducted by your dentist. The suitability for a crown is assessed and your dentist will also be able to advise on material choices, and any other concerns you may have.
The teeth to be crowned are then prepared and an impression is taken of the prepared tooth. This is then sent to a laboratory where the crown will be created. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the tooth.
Finally, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth surface is cleaned. The final crown is tried on the tooth for fit, harmony with the bite, and appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.
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How long do crowns last?
The lifespan of dental crowns typically ranges from 5 to 15 years or more, depending on factors such as the crown’s material, oral hygiene, bruxism (teeth grinding), dietary habits, the condition of the underlying tooth, and your overall oral health.
Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the crown’s condition, and if any issues arise, a replacement may be recommended. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and avoiding habits that can stress the crown, such as grinding or consuming overly hard foods, can help extend its longevity.
Why do I need an exam first?
A dental exam is essential in reviewing your oral health and suitability for a dental crown.
What materials are dental crowns made from?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
Is the process of getting a dental crown painful?
No, getting a dental crown is not typically painful. Your dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area before preparing the tooth and placing the crown. You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this is temporary.
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
The process of getting a dental crown usually takes two or more dental appointments. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared, and impressions are taken. A temporary crown is placed. In the second appointment, the permanent crown is fitted and cemented in place. The entire process can take a couple of weeks.