Dental Crowns — The All-Stars of Restorative Dentistry 

If you have recently suffered severe tooth injury, trauma, or decay, a crown may be the best repair option for you. Crowns are a protective covering that encases the whole tooth, returning it to its natural size and form. Crowns no longer have to evoke images of smiles full of silver or gold, thanks to ongoing improvements in dentistry. 

With the latest sophisticated techniques, porcelain and porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns are used to restore function and produce a natural-looking smile. To learn more about restorative dentistry treatments, you can speak to your dentist today. 

Dental crowns – what exactly are they? 

A crown covers the tooth like a cap, restoring it to its normal size and function. It will strengthen the tooth while also improving its appearance.

Crowns are great for those who want a natural appearance while restoring a lost tooth or strengthening a weak tooth. A dental crown is a dental substance that is put to the crown of a tooth to offer protection and support.

You may require a crown for any of the following reasons:

  • To support a tooth with a big filling.
  • To hide stained or misshaped teeth.
  • To support a worn, fractured, or damaged tooth.
  • To cover a dental implant.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

It often requires two appointments to correctly fit a crown. This is because dentists make each crown to fit your tooth’s exact size and form. During your initial appointment, they will remove the decay, shape the tooth, and place a temporary crown. On the next visit, dentists remove the temporary crown and correctly fit your porcelain crown, modifying it as needed to ensure you have a pleasant and efficient bite. In the final step, they cement the crown to provide a long-lasting repair.

Who is a good candidate for restorative crowns? 

Crowns are perfect for those looking to repair their teeth. Most porcelain-based crowns are best suited to those desiring a natural appearance. However, those requiring extra durability may use gold or metal alloys. Porcelain bonded with metal is also renowned for its durability. Porcelain crowns can irritate other teeth if other surfaces grow rough, but gold and metal alloys have a lower impact on adjacent teeth. Crowns may last a lifetime if properly maintained. 

How to care for your crowns 

After your crown has been installed, avoid chewing sticky/hard foods or substances such as gum and candies. Be cautious when flossing around the tooth once the crown has been fitted. Also, plan your regular dental cleaning visit and continue your at-home care by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. To learn more, visit your dentist today. 

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