How do I cover a damaged, cracked or decayed tooth? This is perhaps one of the most common questions we get asked every day. The solution? Dental crowns – a silver bullet to beautiful teeth and a charming smile. So, what’s the deal with dental crowns, and what purpose do they serve? Well, dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over your existent tooth to protect them from further degradation. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its shape and alignment or enhance its appearance. Dental crowns are highly effective in transforming the function and look of your smile. Why Can I Get A Crown? Essentially, a dental crown is cemented into place, fully encasing the visible portion of a tooth. If a devitalized tooth is left uncovered, it can break bit by bit, prompting a dentist to remove it completely. At least to safeguard the rest of the jaw’s dental structure. Nobody wants that, right? A dentist may recommend a dental crown to: •Protect a weak tooth from fracturing. •Cover a poorly shaped or a discoloured tooth. •Restore a fractured tooth. •Cover a dental implant •Replace a large tooth filling. •Make cosmetic modification •Maintain a dental bridge in place Usually, once you visit your dentists, and examination of your damaged tooth is done. If mildly damaged, the dentist will first file your teeth in preparation of the crown. However, if your tooth is severely damaged, your dentist will need to first fill the tooth to make it large enough to receive the crown. After the filing and/or filling, your practitioner proceeds to make an impression of your teeth, which is then used to make the permanent crown. A temporary low-cost crown, usually made of steel or aluminum, is applied to protect the tooth. During the second dental visit, the temporary fix is removed and a permanent crown is applied. Permanent crowns are custom made from a number of materials that can withstand the test of time.

Some of the commonly used materials include:

i. Ceramic These crown types are usually used for restoring front teeth due to their ability to blend with the natural teeth colour. The all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are also suitable for people with metal allergies.

ii. Porcelain fused to metal This crown type is stronger than regular porcelain.

An infusion of porcelain on metal is used to make the teeth cap. This is used to give the teeth their natural colour while still maintaining the strong metallic bond. Although extremely durable, the porcelain can chip exposing the metallic base.

iii. Gold alloys This crown type is made from a mixture of gold and copper, that primarily does not fracture nor does it wear away the tooth.

iv. Base metal alloys These crowns are highly resistant to corrosions and a usually very strong. What Problems Could Develop with A Dental Crown?

Discomfort and sensitivity: This is perhaps one of the most prevalent problems with newly crowned teeth. However, if you experience persistent pain and sensitivity when biting something, this may be an indication that your crown is too high on your tooth. If such happens, see a dentist for an evaluation. •Loose crown: A loose crown may occur when the cement under the crown washes out. In case of a loose crown, consult a licensed practitioner to avoid a possible tooth decay. •Chipped crown: Crowns made of porcelain can sometimes chip off. If the chipping is small, your dentist will use a composite resin to temporary fix the remaining crown. However, an extensive chipping will most often need to be replaced. •Allergic reactions: An allergic reaction to metals may sometimes happen.

In case one is prone to such reactions; an all-porcelain crown is advised. Caring for Dental Crowns Obviously, dental crowns, just like teeth need some care. We would all want to have our teeth in tip-top shape for as long as we can. The question then is, how do we care for the dental crowns? Well, it’s pretty easy. Dental crown requires the same degree of cleaning and attention as your natural teeth. Brushing. Flossing. Regular dental appointments. Here are a few tips to ensure the longevity of your crown. •Chew food on the side of your mouth that don’t have the dental crown.

When flossing, slide the floss out instead of lifting it up between the teeth gaps.

Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Careful brushing the area where the gum meets the crowned tooth will prevent infections.

Avoid biting your nails, chewing on ice or other hard foods or grinding your teeth on the crowned side.

See your dentists at least once every six months for professional cleanings and as a follow-up check-up to ensure that your teeth and crown are in perfect condition. The Bottom Line? A tooth crown serves as an excellent option for the restoration of weak, misshaped, crooked or stained teeth. If you have any of these problems, visit your dentist today to discuss which type of crowns are best for you.

Having your teeth crowned by a professional dentist will prevent pesky mishaps on your teeth. There are other procedures that can make your smile better and improve your overall health.

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can conveniently restore your teeth with a dental crown that will keep you smiling brightly and eating comfortably for years to come.