Caps mounted on top of damaged teeth are dental crowns. When fillings don’t fix the issue, crowns are used to secure, cover, and preserve your teeth’ shape. Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain, resin and ceramics. Usually, they don’t need special treatment other than daily good oral hygiene over time.
What are dental crowns?
Your teeth can get damaged over time. This may happen for several factors, such as tooth decay, accidents or just usage over time. Your teeth might lose their size or shape. Tooth-shaped “caps” that can be mounted over your tooth are dental crowns. Think of it as your tooth’s snug cap. The crown restores the shape, scale, strength and appearance of the tooth.
The dental crown on your tooth is cemented in place, and the visible part of the tooth is hidden.
Why would I need a dental crown?
For different purposes, you may need a dental crown, including:
- Protecting a damaged tooth from breaking or holding the weak tooth intact if parts of it are cracked (possibly from decay).
- Restoration of a broken tooth or a tooth is badly worn down.
- A tooth with a big filling and not much tooth left is covered and supported.
- Holding in place a dental bridge.
- Surrounding teeth which are misformed or badly discoloured.
- Dental Implant Shielding.
- Covering a tooth with a root canal that has been treated.
What are 3/4 crowns and Onlays?
There are several types of crowns on your teeth that can be used. Onlays and 3/4 crowns are dental crowns that do not cover the underlying tooth’s conventional dental crowns. A conventional crown will hide your whole tooth. When you still have a solid tooth structure, onlays and 3/4 crowns might be suitable. Compared to total coverage of your crown, it’s considered a more conservative approach. Your dentist removes the damaged region in this operation and performs a tooth reshaping to accept the crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last between five and 15 years on average. A crown’s living space will rely on the amount of “wear and tear” to which the crown is exposed, how well you adopt oral hygiene practices and mouth-related personal habits. These mouth-related habits can include things like:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Chewing cold food.
- Biting your fingernails.
- Using your teeth to open the packaging.
Does a crowned tooth require any special care?
A crowned tooth needs no special treatment whatsoever. The underlying tooth, however, also needs to be covered from decay or gum illness. It would be best if you then continued to observe good oral hygiene standards because of this. These procedures include brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, particularly around the crown’s region where your tooth meets the gum. To prevent breaking the porcelain, avoid biting on hard surfaces with porcelain crowns (such as chewing ice or popcorn hulls).