Your teeth are powerful and can withstand a lot of wear-and-tear. Unfortunately, poor dental hygiene and accidents on the sports field or while eating can lead to significant damage to existing teeth. When you suffer this type of injury, you may require some form of restorative surgery. One such solution is dental crowns, which can ‘replace’ the damaged tooth.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental Crowns are used when a tooth has been broken, worn down or to cover a dental implant. They act as a cap and effectively replace the damaged portion of your tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but porcelain has become more popular than metal in recent years, due to its similar appearance to natural teeth.
After your dentist has trimmed down the existing tooth, the crown will be placed over it and then cemented in place; there is no need to remove it.
Why do I need a Dental Crown?
There are numerous reasons why your dentist will recommend the placement of dental crowns, but the end goal remains the same: to protect the remaining part of the tooth and restore balance to the structure of your mouth.
The procedure for placing the crown will be different depending on the reason, but it will require several visits to the dentist. Minor breaks and chips can be easily repaired, but more significant damage will need more work.
If you have broken a large part of a tooth, then the tooth will need to be x-rayed to reveal if any damage has occurred to the root. If the damage is found, then the root canal will be necessary.
After this is completed, the dentist will smooth down the tooth and take an impression of your tooth, which will be used to make you a ‘new’ tooth. This is usually made in a dental laboratory and can be made from a variety of materials, such as gold, silver, and porcelain.
Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will cement it in place. If all goes well, you are unlikely to need a follow-up procedure and the tooth will feel completely normal in a week or so.
Minor chips and cracks are much easier to treat and may only need a filling. However, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to reduce the risk of further damage occurring to the tooth.
If you do opt for a crown, in this case, the dentist will initially smooth down the damaged portion of the tooth and then take an impression of your tooth. From there, the procedure is the same as above.
In the first few days, it is entirely normal for the crown to feel odd or too big, but this will usually pass after a couple of days. However, if this problem persists, it might be worth checking in with your dentist.
After the dental crown has been put in place, you should treat it just like any other tooth and ensure that you practice good dental hygiene, by regularly brushing flossing, and scheduling regular dental check-ups.