Dental crowning is a wide-spread service nowadays. The fixed prosthetic devices are used in order to cover a tooth that is damaged by a disease or trauma. Besides, crowns can cover implants.
Your dentist may recommend you dental crowning procedure due to different issues. There are cosmetic and health ones. For example, crowns are required when a patient’s tooth is too weak. This is a health reason. A very discoloured tooth can be covered up by the crown. This is a cosmetic reason. Besides the shape, colour and alignment, a dental crown strengthens the tooth, so your bite (dental occlusion) will be improved.
Usually, dentists recommend applying dental crowns on front teeth as they could be easily seen in your mouth. According to the material from which the crowns are developed, there are several types of it: porcelain, resin, ceramic and stainless steel. Notice, in case your procedure is cosmetic, ask your specialist about ceramic and porcelain dental crowns.
By the way, there are also ¾ crowns and onlays. While regular crowns cover the whole surface of the damaged tooth, ¾ crowns and onlays hide the tooth underneath them less. If your tooth is only partly damaged, you can use this kind of service.
During your first visit the specialist will examine your damaged tooth and prepare it for crown placing. He will fill it to the proper size and shape. Then the dentist will take an impression of the filled tooth and its neighbours. The crown will be created at the dental lab in correspondence with the impressions. Meanwhile, the dentist will fit your tooth with a temporary crown. The second visit includes removing of the temporary crown and implanting the permanent crown.
Many patients consider dental crowning to be a painful procedure, but they are mistaken. Modern times offer a wide range of different sedatives which will protect you from pain and anxiousness. Usually patients are familiar with the dental crowning procedure. Though, “how long do they last?” is a frequently asked question. As a rule, dental crowns last really long. Though, the answer depends on the material that was used for developing the crown and the further care the patient took of it. Another significant issue is how big surface of the patient’s natural tooth was left before the crowning procedure.
In order to preserve your crowns longer, you need to keep to regular oral hygiene. Here everything depends on you. Brush your teeth with fluoride substance twice a day and do not skip on flossing and rinsing. Different hard foods should be excluded from your ratio. Chewing them may cause your crown to crash. Professional cleanings and dental check-ups are worth being regular. Consult your specialist if you have got questions.