What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that is used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over the damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
When is Dental Crown needed?
Dental crowns are generally recommended when a tooth has been significantly damaged due to trauma, decay or other factors. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, to protect a weak tooth from further damage, to cover a dental implant, or to cover discolored or misshapen teeth.
What are various types of Dental Crowns?
1. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): This type of crown is made of two materials: metal fused with porcelain. It is strong and has a natural-looking appearance.
2. All-porcelain/all-ceramic: This type of crown is made entirely of porcelain or ceramic and is matched to the natural color of your teeth. It is a great choice for front teeth because of its natural appearance.
3. Gold alloy: Gold alloy crowns are made from a combination of gold, copper, and other metals. They are very strong and durable, but not as aesthetically pleasing as other types of crowns.
4. Zirconia: This type of crown is made from zirconium oxide, a strong and durable material. It is also very natural looking, making it a great choice for visible teeth.
Do’s and Don’ts with Dental Crowns
- Brush and floss your teeth twice daily to maintain good oral hygiene.
- See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
- Follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your crown.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the crown.
- Use a fluoride-based toothpaste to protect the crown from decay.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools for opening packages, bottles, etc.
- Don’t grind or clench your teeth, as this can damage the crown.
- Don’t chew on ice or hard candy, as these can chip or crack the crown.
- Don’t wait to report any pain or discomfort to your dentist.
- Don’t use abrasive toothpastes or mouthwashes.
- Don’t use over the counter dental products to clean or polish the crown.
How much do I have to Pay for Dental Bridges and Crowns?
The cost of dental bridges and crowns can vary greatly depending on the type of bridge or crown being used, the materials used, and the location of the dental Clinic.