Our denticles acquire damage in various forms and may start lacking in their daily functions. Expert attention is needed in such cases to restore the teeth’s functions. Dental crowns are one of the restorative dental procedures. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over the tooth for restoring a damaged tooth back to its original look and functionality.
Crowns encase the part of the tooth present above the gingiva. They help protect from decay and breaking, hold cracked pieces together, restore broken or worn out teeth, support large amounts of fillings in teeth, and hold a dental implant or dental bridge. They are also used for making cosmetic modifications. Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS has a panel of expert dentists who can help you through further information on crowns.
Materials From Which Crowns are Made
The crown material is either selected by the individual themselves or by the recommendation of the dentist. Crowns can be of stainless steel, metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, and all-ceramic or all-porcelain.
Procedure for Crown Placement
Before starting the procedure, x-rays are taken to examine the tooth’s overall condition and the surrounding bone and tissue. If any potential problem is detected, it is treated before performing a crown procedure. The procedure then advances by the placement of a temporary crown, which is then replaced by a permanent one.
The area to receive the procedure is anesthetized, and the tooth is pared and reshaped. If the tooth is damaged or poorly decayed, a filling is performed before placing the crown, and if the tooth has an infected pulp, a root canal is performed.
After recontouring the tooth, impressions of the tooth are taken using a paste-like material. These impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory for building the permanent crown. After preparing the tooth, a temporary crown made up of acrylic is placed over it.
It takes approximately a week for the dental laboratory to prepare an individual’s permanent crown. When complete, the temporary crown is replaced by the permanent crown and secured by our dentist.
Caring for a Crown
Both temporary and permanent crown care steps are vital to follow. To avoid a temporary crown from acquiring damage, refrain from sticky, hard, and chewy foods, and avoid biting on things too hard. Also, refrain from using that side of the mouth at all.
Caring for a permanent and temporary crown also involves following a strict oral hygiene routine consisting of brushing twice and flossing once per day. People who suffer from bruxism are recommended to use nightguards to protect the crown from acquiring damage.
When to Visit a Dentist?
General signs such as sensitivity and discomfort are normal and are said to fade away as they get used to their crown. It is crucial to pay our office a visit if you face conditions like chipping, loosening, or falling off of the crown or an allergic reaction after the procedure.
Life Expectancy of a Crown
A typical dental crown is said to last for fifteen years, depending on the amount of wear and tear. The life expectancy may decrease instantly in accidental cases like a blow to the face. To learn more on dental crowns, you may contact us at 737-273-3303 and can also consult our experts directly by visiting Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS.