If you have a tooth or teeth that have become severely damaged or decided, it is important to restore their structure, strength, and function to improve your facial & smile aesthetics and boost your confidence. The dental crown procedure can be a great solution for patients with weakened or traumatized tooth / teeth.
Cosmetically, dental crowns are tooth-shaped, natural-colored coverings applied over the tooth's surface to restore its shape and size, strength, hide surface imperfections and / or rejuvenate the tooth's appearance.
Today porcelain, ceramic, and porcelain-metal mix dental crowns, offered at most aesthetic dental clinics, are custom matched to the color of your existing teeth and are specifically designed for your smile in order to provide the most accurate, aesthetically pleasing results.
These ceramic restorations, when cemented into proper place, encase the entire misshapen or severely discolored teeth, thereby giving you a bright and sparkling smile.
Dental crowns are used to cover dental implant to comfortably work together with your existing natural teeth.
They also act as a protective cover, protecting a weak tooth from further damage or to hold together parts of a fractured tooth.
One of the most obvious advantages is that this capping of the tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth and restores your overall bite strength, thereby improving your ability to bite down comfortably.
If crafted accurately, a dental crown can help your upper and lower teeth to meet properly and maintaining a proper, balanced bite.
The risks associated with the placement of dental crowns include an increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Since your newly crowned tooth still has a nerve in it, you may experience sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures on the tooth following crown placement.
Nerve damage is another potential risk associated with this procedure. The preparation of the tooth for a crown can lead to dental nerve damage. In this case, the complete removal of dental nerves (root canal therapy) is unavoidable.
Other common risks may include loosing of crown or the loss of a crown. Loosening of crowns can be caused by a deterioration of the dental cement used to attach the crown to the abutment.
If the crown is not fitted correctly to your tooth, bacteria can easily grow between a space in the tooth and crown and further decay of the tooth under the crown may develop. Crowns may become so loose that they fall off.
Porcelain-metal mix crowns may fracture, chip or break, needing the crown replaced with a whole new crown.
Other possible complications may include risk of the carious infections, gingivitis, bleeding around the site of the crown placement and reactions to anesthesia used to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues during the procedure.
Dental crowns are a good option to consider for patients whose tooth has sustained some damage. It is also an ideal solution to yellow or discolored teeth.
Dental crowns also serve as an alternative to pulling the loose, chipped or cracked tooth or replacing it with a prosthetic tooth.
Patients who grind their teeth, are unable to comfortably chew food or and which bite is not properly aligned can benefit from dental crowns.
Patients who have undergone a root canal will need a dental crown. People with an especially large dental filling may need a dental crown to preserve their major tooth.
Those who have lost their teeth to a traumatic injury or periodontal disease can have crowns together with dental implants or dental bridges.
Most importantly, dental crowns may only be recommended when the patient has a healthy dental structure and gums to support the crown. Healthy gums anchor crowns firmly in place and ensure most effective cementation of the crown.
Source by Neelam Goswami