A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that covers a tooth.
A crown covers the visible part of the tooth that lies above the gum line, restoring the tooth’s function, appearance, and strength. Partial crowns, also known as inlays and onlays are an option if the tooth’s damage does not warrant a full crown for protection.
Do I need a dental crown?
If you are in any of these situations, a crown can help you:
I. Protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
II. Anchor a dental bridge in place
III. Cover up a dental implant
IV. Restore a broken or fractured tooth
V. Enhance a discoloured tooth
VI. Strengthen a weak tooth
VII. Replace a collapsed existing crown
What are the pros and cons of different types of crowns?
In general, your dentist works with three types of crowns.
All-metal crowns, these are predominantly used on the molar teeth, these crowns are durable. Gold is the best material choice, but they are more costly than other types of crowns.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are both affordable and sturdy, but the metal portion can begin to show through after periods of wear. These crowns are traditionally fitted to the premolar and anterior teeth.
Emax crowns all-ceramic crowns and looks great on your teeth. Ceramic crowns are an excellent option to fit toward the front of your mouth.
How do I maintain my dental crown?
All standard dental hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, can help extend the life of your crown by preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Also, avoid chewing hard foods with your crown.
Why choose inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are tough. They can also prolong the life of your tooth, eliminating the need for future dental treatments.
An inlay is an attractive restoration that is placed in the centre of your tooth, whereas an onlay covers the entire chewing surface. If you are not sure which treatment would benefit your oral health and structure the most, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our professional dental team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Is having a dental crown installed painful?
A) No, it is considered to be painless, with only mild discomfort.
Q) How long does a dental crown last for?
A) A crown can last anywhere from 10-15 years, depending on your lifestyle.
Q) Can a crown fall out of your tooth?
A) Yes, it is possible but it is very uncommon.
Q) Do I need to brush my dental crown?
A) Yes, this is very important to stop plaque build-up.
Q) Can I chew food with a dental crown?
A) Yes, there is no restrictions to what you can and cannot eat.
Q) Are crowns good for the teeth?
A) Yes, they promote healthier teeth and gums.
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