Dental crowns are saviours to the existing teeth when it comes to misshaped or broken teeth. They add extra strength and restore the lost appearance to weak or repaired teeth.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are caps. In fact, they look-like tooth shaped caps that cover up partially decayed teeth that can’t be repaired by filling. Dental crowns also protect the adjacent teeth by extending support to weak teeth and also shield a repaired tooth in case of RCT.
Crowns come in different materials – from metallic to porcelain. Depending on the dentist’s advice or the patient’s comfort, crowns are chosen. They can last for up to 10 years provided, they are from a good source.
Zirconia crowns are the most happening and trending dental crowns of late. Thanks to their durable nature and utmost strength. They are the most advantageous for the back teeth or molars as these exert more pressure while chewing. Zirconia crowns are biocompatible (induce zero metallic reaction on the body) and can endure for up to 15 years.
How do dentists fit dental crowns?
In most cases, a dentist removes a small portion of the damaged tooth to sit the crown in place. A broken or damaged tooth is carved so that it allows the crown to fit to perfection. However, a patient may require a couple of visits to give their tooth impressions to the dentist. In the following visit, the dentist gets the crown ready that fits right for the patient.
When do one need a dental crown?
Dental crowns come to the rescue in case:
- Where RCT is done
- When the tooth is broken or chipped
- When the tooth is discoloured or deformed
- When the tooth can’t be filled
- A protection is needed to the existing tooth
How to care for dental crowns?
There is a common question everyone has with crowns: “How to clean crown teeth at home?” It is as simple as one does for their natural teeth. Just like the regular or natural teeth, crown teeth caps are prone to bacterial attack. To keep them clean and hygienic, brush twice a day using a soft brush. Also, flossing helps dig out the accumulated debris from around the dental crowns. Visiting your dentists once for every six months is helpful to extend the life of crowns as well as the existing natural teeth.