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What Are The Dental Crowns Treatments?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are prosthetic appliances. They are designed to cover a damaged or weakened tooth to restore its structure, function, shape, size, and appearance. A dental crown is designed to completely encase the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. It is cemented into place to protect the tooth and improve its function. The function of a dental crown is to provide strength and protection to a weakened or damaged tooth. Crowns can help prevent further damage to the natural tooth and restore the tooth’s function. This allows the patient to eat and speak more comfortably. Dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes as well to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. Dental crowns are typically made from various materials, depending on the type, including porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of materials. The type of crown recommended will depend on the tooth’s location, the damage’s extent, and the patient’s preferences and budget. Consult your dentist; he is the one to help you choose the best type of crown for your needs.

Types Of Dental Crowns

There are several types of dental crowns, including:

  1. Porcelain Crowns — are a type of dental crown made of a strong and durable ceramic material. They are a popular choice for dental restoration as they provide a natural appearance, a very strong structure, and are chip-resistant. Porcelain crowns are also biocompatible, meaning they are safe for people with metal allergies
  2. E-max Crowns — also known as lithium disilicate crowns, are a type of dental crown made of a very durable ceramic material. E-MAX crowns are the newest and most popular option for dental restoration for several reasons: It is biocompatible with the natural tissue structure of the mouth, which means they are very safe for all people, especially those who suffer from metal allergies or other sensitivities. It also gives a natural feel and appearance and is considered very strong and chip-resistant.
  3. Zirconium Crowns — are a type of dental crown made from a ceramic material known for its strength and durability. It is also among many popular dental restoration choices because it provides a natural appearance and strong structure. Also, it is chip-resistant and is biocompatible. It is worth noting that zirconium crowns are also long-lasting and can be manufactured to match the color of natural teeth.

It is important to note that not all patients are good candidates for dental crowns. Patients with advanced gum disease or a history of gum disease may not be suitable for dental crown treatments. This is because gum disease must be treated first.

Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions to metals may not be good candidates for metal-based crowns. Your dentist can help determine if dental crowns are the right treatment option based on your needs and oral health history.

Who Are The Candidates For a Dental Crown?

Dental crown procedures can be a good option for various dental problems. Some typical candidates for dental crowns are:

  1. Patients with damaged or decayed teeth: Dental crowns restore poor dental health due to tooth decay and cracked or broken teeth.
  2. Patients who have had a root canal: Teeth that have undergone a root canal often require dental crowns, as this will protect the tooth and prevent further damage.
  3. Patients with large fillings: Teeth with large fillings that threaten their structural integrity may require a dental crown. In order to provide additional support and protection.
  4. Patients with cosmetic concerns: Dental crowns can improve the appearance of misshapen or damaged teeth.
  5. Patients with tooth loss: Dental crowns can be used with dental implants or dental bridges to replace missing teeth.
  6. Patients with weak teeth due to bruxism: Patients who grind their teeth (bruxism) can cause serious damage to their teeth. Therefore, dental crowns may be recommended to provide additional protection and support.

It is important to note that not all patients are good candidates for dental crowns. Patients with advanced gum disease or a history of gum disease may not be suitable for dental crown treatments for the fundamental reason that gum disease treatment must occur first.

Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions to metals may not be good candidates for some types of crowns. Your dentist can help you determine if dental crowns are the right treatment option based on your needs and oral health history.

Stages Of Dental Crown Process

The process of getting a dental crown is done under local anesthetic. It involves several stages. These stages may vary depending on the individual case and the patient’s needs. The general steps of getting a dental crown are as follows:

 

  1. Consultation — The first stage of getting a dental crown is the consultation with the dentist. During this stage, the dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and determine if a crown is the right treatment option. The dentist will also discuss the different types of crowns available, the procedure, and the cost.
  2. Tooth preparation — Once the decision has been made to proceed with a dental crown, the dentist will prepare the tooth that will receive the crown. That involves removing any decay or damage and reshaping the tooth to make room for the crown.
  3. Impression — After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression is to create a custom-made crown that will fit the patient’s mouth.
  4. Temporary crown — The permanent crown is being made in a dental laboratory. The patient will be given a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
  5. Crown placement — Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed, then the permanent crown will be placed over the prepared tooth. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown fits properly and feels comfortable.
  6. Follow-up — After placing the crown, the patient must return for a follow-up visit. This will ensure that the crown is functioning correctly and has no issues.

Getting a dental crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist and can take around a week from start to finish. The specific timeline will depend on the individual case and the type of crown being used.