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DENTAL CROWN

A dental crown is a cover or a cap that is placed over your tooth to protect it.
This tooth cap, restores the shape and strength of your tooth making it look aesthetically pleasing.
The tooth crown will cover all your visible portion of your tooth, protecting it from further damage.

When your dentist will recommend a dental crown?

dental crown or a tooth cap is mainly used to repair your damaged tooth.
The tooth structure can be weakened by tooth decay or tooth filling.
A dentist may recommend a dental crown for a number of reasons, such as;
1. Discolored or broken tooth that looks unappealing.
2. Protect a weak tooth from further damage.
3. Cover a dental Implant.
4. Cover a restored tooth that lacks supporting structure.
5. Cover a root canal treated tooth.
6. Support a dental bridge.
7. Excessive tooth wear due to abrasion or erosion

What are the materials used for dental crowns?

Dental crowns are available in different types of materials such as;
1. Porcelain or All-Ceramic Crown: These dental crowns provide the best color match and preferred in aesthetic zones of the mouth such as front teeth. People who have metal allergies can opt for such crowns. However, they are not very strong and can wear off soon.
2. Metal Crown: The material used in such a dental crown can be Palladium, Gold, Nickel, or Chromium. They can last longer as they don’t wear off and are strong enough. They can withstand strong biting forces and are therefore a good choice for Molars.
3. Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crown: These tooth crowns are the gold standard for retreated teeth. They have strong metal beneath the porcelain layer which makes them more durable as compared to All Porcelain crowns in the aspect of aesthetics issues. They’re preferred because they can easily match your adjacent teeth.
4. All Resin Crown: They are least expensive among all and can easily wear off and break with time.
5. Pressed Ceramic Crowns: These crowns have a hard inner core. Such crowns are capped with porcelain which makes them aesthetically pleasing because of the natural color. Pressed ceramic crowns are long-lasting as compared to all-porcelain crowns.

What’s the more conservative approach than crowns?

Do you want a more conservative crown?
An onlay is a more conservative approach as compared to crowns. It covers 3/4th of your crown as compared to the dental crown which covers your whole underlying tooth.
With the preparation of onlays, less tooth structure needs to be removed, which makes this approach less aggressive. They are less expensive and more conservative than the crown.
An inlay is another form of indirect restoration. It is the most conservative approach towards dental restoration. It covers a minimal part of the tooth.

ZIRCONIA CROWN

Do you want a more aesthetically pleasing crown?
Are you concerned about your appearance while getting a tooth cap?
Dental Zirconia is a powdered form of zirconium that makes the dental crown most durable and strongest among all other types.
These crowns are generally preferred because of their natural color and extreme durability. They are the material of choice for molar crowns were grinding and biting forces are maximum. They are also widely used in aesthetic zones.
Zirconia crowns have become widely popular because of its easy and less time-consuming cementation. It is usually completed in one visit as compared to other crowns that take time to manufacture. These dental crowns last longer than other crowns because they are highly resistant. They provide many natural results and are therefore highly compatible with teeth and gums. Zirconia crowns are not recommended in case of a deep cavity as it may break. Such crowns are costly as compared to other crowns but are suitable for long term use.

Cost of a dental crown

The cost of a dental crown may vary with the different kinds of materials used and the preparation required.
In our clinic, we suggest a dental crown that is best and aesthetically pleasing for you.

How to get a crown? Step by step procedure:

The process is maybe different for each type of crown depending on the material chosen.
You may be asked to visit your dentist more than once so be ready.
The general process to get a crown is;

STEP 1:

Your dentist will prepare your tooth and remove the infected or the decayed part in order to avoid discomfort or contamination later.

STEP 2:

He/she will then choose a mold that fits to take the exact shape of your tooth.

STEP 3:

You’ll be provided with a temporary restoration or a temporary crown in order to protect your tooth until the crown is ready. Avoid biting hard objects from a temporary crown or it may crack.

STEP 4:

After a week, you’ll be provided with a dental crown.

All You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

1. Dental Crowns can help you avoid many other dental procedures.
2. Dental Crowns are custom made to match your smile and to give it a natural appearance.
3. Dental crowns over large cavities in a tooth can save you from root canal later.
4. Crowns don’t move or fall out like dentures as they are fixed.
5. A crown may last about 10 to 15 years depending on your oral hygiene

DENTAL BRIDGE

A dental bridge is placed when a patient has one or more teeth missing. This bridge fills the space leftover and replaces the missing tooth.
These fake teeth look and function like your real teeth.
An artificial tooth takes support from the adjacent abutments(your real teeth on sides) and fills the gap, restoring your bite.
If you have many teeth missing and your teeth cannot be replaced by a bridge, Our dentist may recommend you denture instead.
A bridge is mostly made from porcelain and attached to metal for support. It can also be made up of ceramic to best mimic the real teeth. Mostly it is made up of ceramic for the aesthetics concern.

When is a dental bridge necessary?

Your dentist may only recommend a dental bridge when you have abutment teeth for support. They may also recommend you a bridge if you cannot have an implant because of a medical condition. A patient may need a dental bridge after a tooth extraction or mainly tooth loss due to;
1. A trauma or an injury to your existing tooth.
2. Tooth decay that cannot be treated.
3. If a patient has a medical condition and is on medications that impede implant healing.
4. Old age
5. A periodontal disease that interferes with the healing process.
A dental bridge restores your smile and bites that are affected after that tooth loss. These dental bridges look natural because of their porcelain or ceramic nature that best imitates a natural tooth. When your teeth are lost and not replaced, your face looks old and your chin moves forward. This is mainly because your bone shrinks after a tooth loss. To replace the missing tooth, your remaining teeth try to maintain the bite and drift out of their positions in order to change the bite. Your mouth loses its actual shape and pouches are created on the sides of your jaws. You may also suffer from sores around the corners of your mouth. In order to prevent this facial collapse, a dental bridge is necessary. Imagine how would you look with drooping skin and mouth?
A missing tooth is a serious issue as when your remaining teeth drift, they can possibly cause pain and damage. The drifted teeth are harder to clean, thereby promoting plaque accumulation and later tooth decay.

Types Of Bridges

1.Traditional bridges:

These are the most common type of dental bridges. It consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth.

2.Cantilever bridges:

These bridges are similar to traditional bridges but support the tooth from one end. Such bridges aren’t supposed to be used for molars where biting forces are maximal

3. Maryland bridges:

These are the less invasive bridges. An artificial tooth over here is supported by a metal framework which is fitted at the back of the tooth and the tooth removal is least in such bridges. They are mainly used for front teeth.
They are the least expensive and less invasive of all the bridges as less preparation is needed in it.

4. Implant-supported bridges:

Implant supported bridges are supported entirely by dental implants instead of a dental crown or metal. They are typically used to restore pre molars and molars.

How a bridge is placed in your mouth

FIRST VISIT:

A local anesthetic is administered in order to prevent any sort of discomfort during the treatment. Your dentist will then prepare your adjacent teeth or abutment teeth by shaping and filling them just like a dental crown. The additional structure of your tooth is removed to create space.
After the tooth is prepared, an impression is made that will further be sent to the laboratory for the preparation of a custom dental bridge.
Meanwhile, your permanent dental bridge is being created, your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge over your prepared tooth to prevent them from any damage.

SECOND VISIT:

You will be asked to return for a second visit once your permanent bridge is ready. First, your dentist will remove your temporary bridge and clean your abutments. A permanent bridge is placed and an X-ray is taken to ensure the best fit before cementing it. Then the bridge is cemented with your teeth using dental cement.
Aftercare is necessary for dental bridges, as the fake tooth is difficult to clean and promotes plaque accumulation. Patients should rinse their mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash, brush at least twice a day, and floss regularly to clean up beneath the bridge. Avoid chewing and biting hard foods for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

After effects of bridge

Bridges are generally painless procedures. But you may experience some discomfort after the treatment. Your dentist will prescribe you some over the counter painkillers, such as Ibuprofen to manage your pain. Some patients also experience tenderness and sensitivity after implant bridges, which eventually subsides after a few days.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cover or a cap that is placed over your tooth to protect it. This tooth cap, restores the shape and strength of your tooth making it look aesthetically pleasing. The crown will cover all your visible portion of your tooth, protecting it from further damage.

How long does a dental crown lasts?

A dental crown can last from 10 to 15 years on average. The life of a dental crown depends on your oral hygiene practices and your mouth habits. A crown won’t last long if you have clenching and grinding habits or even if you bite very hard objects often.

How should I care for my temporary dental crown?

Temporary dental crowns that are placed while your permanent crown is getting ready are not much resistant and durable.
They can easily break off with pressure.
Dentists suggest that you need to take some precautions for a temporary crown, such as;
1. Avoid chewing and biting hard foods.
2. Floss properly to avoid plaque buildup.
3. Clean your crown properly while brushing.
4. Avoid sticky and chewy foods as they may easily pull off your temporary crown, damaging the underlying tooth structure

Is getting dental crown painful?

Dental crowns are not painful at all. The procedure is done under local anesthetic therefore you may not experience any sort of discomfort during the treatment.

Does zirconia change color with time?

Zirconia crowns are smooth and are therefore not easily stained with any food items

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Dental bridges are restorative structures used to replace missing teeth that may have been lost to trauma, dental decay, extraction, or age. During the procedure, your dentist will use dental crowns to bridge the space between the teeth you may be missing.

Does Dental Bridges Hurt?

Dental bridges usually don’t hurt. In fact, when your dentist starts to prepare your tooth for a bridge, he/she will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. After the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity, but over-the-counter pain medication may be all you need to feel better.
If you have severe pain, contact your dentist right away because this isn’t normal.

How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

Dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 10 years. The durability of dental bridges is dependent on various factors; including how well you take care of your teeth, where the bridges are located, and the materials used to create them.

What Are The Advantages of Dental Bridges?

Bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth in order to restore your smile, improve the appearance and support for the shape of your face. They also help with eating and speaking and can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position in order to maintain the bite.

How Do I Look After My Dental Bridge?

Bridges do not require a lot of additional care over and above good brushing and flossing. The most difficult part of maintaining a bridge is to adapt floss underneath the false tooth in order to keep that area clean.

What types of dentures are there?

Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures. These dentures rest on the gums that cover the jawbones.
Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures or complete dentures.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

It is preferred to remove the dentures before sleeping. This will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. You should never wear your dentures for 24 hours.
Dentures should be cleaned and soaked in water overnight.
Rinse them before inserting them again in your mouth.

Are dentures painful?

Experiencing minor irritation, in the beginning, is normal until your mouth is used to. Discomfort usually subsides with time when your mouth is habituated to a foreign appliance.
If you had extraction before getting dentures, it may take time to heal and you may uncomfortable for several weeks.
Follow the aftercare instructions given to you properly so your gums heal soon. If your pain worsens with time or you feel any discomfort, contact your dentist.
• Is it possible to have dentures put in the same day as teeth removal?
Your dentist may provide you a denture the same day after the removal of your teeth. Such dentures are called Immediate Dentures that are provided to ensure maximum healing.

Can I eat normally with dentures?

Most patients take time to learn and practice to eat with the dentures in their mouth. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Avoid sticky and chewy foods in the beginning and eat soft food to develop the habit of eating with the dentures.

How should I clean my dentures?

Daily care and cleaning of a new denture are very important to help maintain good dental health. For everyday cleaning, use a soft brush and a cleaning agent, such as soap or a denture cleaner. Make sure not to use toothpaste as they are abrasive and may cause damage to your denture base.
Rinse your dentures well after cleaning. We also suggest you soak your dentures in water overnight to avoid bacterial contamination.

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