Having a dental crown procedure gives you the best of both: the opportunity to save your natural tooth and the ability to address any aesthetic changes you would like to make. Dental crowns can change the size, shape and colour of your teeth, while still preserving your tooth at the roots.
What Is A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns or dental caps are fitted over a tooth, using your natural tooth for structure and reinforcement but encasing it fully. They are used when a tooth is damaged or decayed, discoloured or unevenly shaped, but the damage does not affect the root of your tooth. They can strengthen the tooth against future damage.
Crowns are preferred over fillings when there is a significant amount of damage or decay, and the area to be restored is too big for a filling.
Typically porcelain is the preferred material for dental crowns because it can emulate natural teeth more closely. Some dentists are of the opinion that porcelain fused to metal is stronger and more resilient.
What To Expect From A Dental Crown Procedure?
A dental crown procedure is usually completed over two visits. It is usually done under anaesthetic so that you do not experience pain.
First your dentist will need to assess your damaged tooth. It is customary for x rays to be taken, to ensure the damage or decay does not go beneath the gum line. Your dentist will need to file down and shape your natural tooth so that it can hold onto the crown. Then your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send it to a dental laboratory for the crown to be cast. This needs to be done so that the crown matches your other teeth, and so that it fits comfortably into your mouth.
Your dentist will fit a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be ready. Once the final crown is complete you will return to your dentist and it will be affixed to your prepared tooth using dental cement.
How To Care For Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns cannot decay like teeth, but any exposed tooth surfaces can. It is important that you maintain a twice-daily brushing and flossing schedule for healthy gums and teeth.
Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year because it is possible for crowns to loosen over time. They can fall out or allow bacteria to access the tooth underneath if they do not fit well.
How Long Will Your Dental Crown Last?
The longevity of dental crowns comes down to the materials used and the care they are exposed. On average you can expect a lifespan of between five and 15years from a dental crown.
To extend the lifespan of your dental crown, avoid biting down on very hard and sticky substances such as ice and even nail biting.
If you have more questions about the dental crown procedure it’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for an appointment as soon as possible: (02) 8073 9281.