A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the broken tooth, to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.Why do you need a Dental Crown ? A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:1.To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth. 2.To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down. 3.To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left. 4.To hold a dental bridge in place. 5.To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth. 6.To cover a dental implant. 7.To make a cosmetic modificationWhat Types of Crowns Are Available? Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type .What’s the Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown ? First we start with the diagnosis and treatment planning. (Picutre xray/planning)This first step involves your active participation. Explain to us the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure a dental crown is appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. We alsomay take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth for more precise planning.1.We give you a local anesthetic.2.To make room for the crown, we file down the tooth that needs to be restored.3.An impression of the filed-down tooth and nearby teeth is taken. This impression is used to custom make your final crown. The final crown will be the right shape for your mouth. 4. Until your final crown is ready, we place a temporary crown over the tooth that needs to be restored. It protects your tooth until the final crown is ready. A temporary crown may not have the same shape and colour as a final crown. 5.On your next visit, we remove the temporary crown. We check to make sure the final crown has the right fit, shape, colour and bite. If it is, we cement the crown into place. You should return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your crown and to once again examine the crown’s placement. What type of maintenance do dental crowns require?
Crowns do require maintenance to avoid dental diseases, you should practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing in order to control bacterial biofilm, and regularly visit us.