Dental caps or crowns are mounted on top of the teeth to provide a solution for badly damaged teeth. Crowns can return both the strength and the look of the natural teeth. General Dentistry
There two types of dental crowns: permanent and temporary crown.
Temporary crown is placed on the tooth, while the permanent crown is manufactured by the dental laboratory. Permanent crown requires at least two appointments to the dentist. On the first appointment the tooth is trimmed to make a room for the crown, after that, an impression is made, in the next step the dentist will determine the shade of the patient's teeth and will send the impression and the shade color to the lab. On the second appointment, the dentist will replace the temporary crown with permanent. The dentist will inspect the bite and other criteria. After necessary adjustments are done, the crown is cemented.
There are a number of situations when the dentist may recommend a crown:
Following the root canal treatment - root canal leaves the tooth hollow, as a result, to prevent the tooth from fracturing, it is restored with a crown.
Worn out tooth: Some of the reasons of worn teeth:
1.Grinding of teeth, over time teeth will become short and flat.
2.Erosion caused by exposing the teeth to acid, for example, in the case of gastrointestinal acid reflux.
Aesthetic appearance of the teeth, for example, large spaces between the teeth, or improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Broken top of the tooth. Biting something hard can cause the damage to the tips of the tooth.
Cracked tooth: Fracture inside of the tooth is a common condition, it can cause the pain in certain conditions - a crown will hold the tooth together.
Dental implants: Crowns are placed on the top of the dental implants.
Types of dental crown materials:
Gold crowns: Gold alloy crowns are able to endure well the heavy job of chewing. They will not chip or break; they have the least effect on the opposing tooth.
All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns. These types of crowns provide the best natural color of all the crown materials.
Steel crowns - for children stainless steel crown is the most common. They are used to fix over a primary tooth, they are durable, inexpensive, but aesthetically poor.
Crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years and more. Good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing crowned teeth is essential to prevent them from needing to be replaced too frequently. Just like natural teeth, if crowns are used to clench your teeth, chew ice or use your teeth to open packaging, a crown can facture.