Helpful Facts of Dental Crowns

Helpful Facts of Dental Crowns

Jan 21, 2020

Dental caps are cemented in place to restore the shape, size, function, and appearance of your teeth.

These teeth caps improve the function and provide dental restoration without affecting your dental structure. Hence, they are ideal for people with mild dental problems, dental phobia, and anxiety. Moreover, dental crowns are long-lasting and can last for 15 years with proper care.

Before you come for your procedure, here are a few facts to know:

1. Dental Crowns Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth

Our dentist performs dental crowns to address various dental problems and restore the integrity of the teeth:

  • To protect weak teeth from breaking
  • To restore the function of your decayed teeth. The dentist may opt for dental crowns instead of teeth extraction if you have mild tooth decay preserve your teeth
  • To repair severely worn out teeth
  • To cover misshapen teeth, implants or to hold a dental bridge

2. Children Can Wear Dental Crowns Too

Dental crowns are mostly recommended for adults. However, our dentist may use pediatric dental crowns on children to preserve their teeth. These dental crowns are used on the primary teeth to keep them free of dental decay.

Children are prone to dental cavities due to low saliva production, high sugar diets, and improper brushing technique. These pediatric crowns fall off with the primary teeth so, there is no need for replacing them unless they are worn out.

3. Easy to Install

Dental crown installation is not painful and you only need two dental visits. Before the procedure is done, our dentist in Westwood will discuss with you the procedure and risks involved. Next, they will examine and assess your dental condition using modern technology such as x-ray.

A dental cleaning will be done to clean off the decay, food particles, and bacteria to prepare the tooth for the procedure. The dentist will reshape the tooth and take an impression to mold the crown (which takes two to three weeks to be molded). As you wait, the dentist will give you temporary dental crowns to protect and preserve them until the next visit.

The second dental appointment involves fixing the permanent crowns, but first, the dentist will remove the temporary ones and clean the gums.

4. There Are Different Options Available

We offer a variety of dental crown material types:

  • Full porcelain crowns. These are hard, durable and natural-looking crowns that are mostly fixed in the front teeth.
  • Full metal crowns. These caps are created with long-lasting material to withstand the constant chewing. Therefore, they are ideal for back teeth as they are less prone to fracture.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-mental. The crowns are fused to the jaw to offer the best support for the crowns.
  • All-ceramic crowns. Even though they are affordable, the crowns are prone to staining and discoloration.
  • All-resin crowns can also be used, but due to the material used, they wear down quickly

5. The Crowns Can Last for Long

On average the dental crowns can last for more than ten years. However, the lifespan will depend on the amount of wear and tear the crown receives, your oral hygiene and mouth habits such as biting nails.

6. Have a Few Complications, But Not Too Many

Dental crowns are effective and durable. However, you still experience complications such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity as soon as the anesthesia wears off. The dentist may, however, prescribe a tooth-sensitive toothpaste to relieve the discomfort.
  • The crowns can loosen creating tiny spaces in between. Food particles can get trapped in the spaces and lead to decay.
  • Gum discoloration can occur in people who get the porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns

7. No Special Aftercare Instruction

Dental crowns require no special care, but you need to have proper dental hygiene not only to enhance the durability but also to protect your other teeth.

Dental caps restore the function and the integrity of your teeth as well as improve your appearance, but only if done fixed by a skilled dentist. Our dentist in Westwood, NJ is skilled and equipped to fix any dental procedure.

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