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The Dental Crowns Process
Dental crowns serve as caps for damaged teeth. These oral restorations can be made from a range of materials like porcelain and composite resin or metals like gold. The location of the tooth being treated often determines what type of crown the dentist decides to go with.
Metal crowns are often the most durable type, but they also do not look natural in the patient's mouth. Porcelain crowns lead to better aesthetics, but the material is not as strong as most metals. Dentists tend to recommend dental crowns when the tooth being repaired is located in the front of the mouth. Metal crowns are often recommended for molars in the back of the mouth since they are better at handling bite forces and will not be noticed when the wearer opens their mouth.
Other things the dentist might factor in when determining what type of crown would work best for a client include:
- The function of the tooth being covered. Grinding teeth deal with more bite forces than teeth using for biting and cutting like the canines
- How much of the tooth is left
- The color of adjacent teeth
The process of getting dental crowns
Getting a crown starts with a consultation with a dentist. Problems that are often fixed with crowns include stained, chipped, broken, deformed, decayed or short teeth. Crowns are also used to protect teeth after root canals.
The process of getting a crown takes two trips to the dentist for most patients, but it can be completed in a single visit if the dentist makes their own restorations on-site. The dentist starts by preparing the tooth for a crown. This involves removing enamel from all four sides of the tooth so the crown fits better on it. An anesthetic is administered before this, so the patient does not feel pain. They might experience increased teeth sensitivity for a few days after having enamel removed from a tooth.
An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab where crowns are made. It can take up to two weeks for the restoration to be ready, so the dentist fits the patient with a temporary crown and sends them on their way. The temporary crown is bonded with temporary cement so it can be easily removed when the customized crown is ready.
Taking care of crowns
Crowns can last up to 25 years when properly maintained. These restorations do not require special care. Brushing and flossing work well when it comes to keeping crowns in good condition. The patient's routine should include:
- Brush at least two times every day
- Floss once daily
- Avoid hard foods that can damage the restoration
- Patients who grind their teeth should use protective gear like a night guard during sleep
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