Understanding How a Dental Crown Works
Teeth are made up of two separate parts. A tooth’s root lies deep inside the gum and bone tissues and acts as an anchor to hold it in place. The top portion of a tooth is called the clinical crown; it’s the part of a tooth that is clearly visible. A dental crown is a permanent artificial covering that protects and conceals the clinical crown. Dental crowns can correct cosmetic flaws and restore function to damaged or vulnerable teeth.
What are the Types of Dental Crowns?
Crowns are made from a variety of materials including gold or metal alloys, stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, composite resin, zirconia, or a combination of several different materials. All types of dental crowns have pros and cons. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often preferred for their natural appearance. Some dental clinics can make ceramic crowns in the office while patients wait. Stainless steel crowns are typically used to cover children’s baby teeth. Traditional gold crowns are extremely durable and require less modification of the natural tooth.
When is a Dental Crown Required?
A tooth may require a dental crown if a large filling has weakened its structural integrity. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment because the tooth is left hollow and prone to fracture. A crown may also relieve pain caused by serious tooth fractures or restore a tooth with a broken cusp. Teeth that are discolored or have an unusual size or shape can often be corrected by applying a dental crown; crowns are also used in making bridgework and to cover tooth implants.
Is it Painful to Get a Dental Crown?
No pain is experienced by the patient during the procedure. Before the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown, a local anesthetic injection is given to numb the area. Some patients may experience minimal pain, sensitivity, or soreness in the tooth and surrounding gums for a short period of time following the placement of a crown.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
With proper oral care, most dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years.
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