Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a custom shaped tooth-like cap that’s used to hide large spaces that can’t be adjusted with simple fillings; it can also be applied if you have oddly shaped, badly stained, discolored, or damaged/broken teeth.
A lot of patients who come to us need dental crowns.
In fact, it’s one of the most common dental procedures due to its effectiveness and affordability.
Dental crowns help you hide unsightly features of your teeth and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile and overall personality.
In simple words, a dental crown is similar to a tooth cap that serves as a simple yet effective solution to restore broken or damaged teeth.
Here’s what you need to know about dental crowns.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
When your dentist gives you the green light for getting a dental crown, he or she will first get an x-ray of your teeth to prepare an impression of your teeth.
Based on this impression, a mold is formed that helps create a temporary crown that’s fixed on your damaged tooth to provide protection and cover the area while the permanent crown is being made.
A permanent crown may take four weeks to be prepared, as it’s made in a dental lab.
Types Of Dental Crowns
The most common type of crowns is acrylic crowns; however, they aren’t the only option that you can go for, there are several other types of dental crowns too.
Other common materials include porcelain, metal alloy, ceramic, and gold alloy.
Is The Procedure Dangerous Or Painful?
The process is carried out after giving a small dose of anesthesia to the patient removing any risk of pain or discomfort.
Once the anesthesia wears off, the patient may feel some sensitivity or very minimal pain which wears off in a few minutes or hours.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
Dental crowns are said to last from 5 to 15 years depending upon how much you take care of them.
You must make sure to take care of your oral health if you wish your dental crowns to last longer.
It includes brushing and flossing daily and avoiding biting on hard surfaces.