A tooth crown is a tooth-shaped cap fully covering the tooth underneath. It is a great way to strengthen damaged teeth, restoring decayed or fractured teeth and improving the appearance of your teeth. They often last longer than direct fillings and provide superior aesthetic results, creating a healthy, durable and natural-looking smile.
You may need a dental crown in the following circumstances:
Tooth crowns can come in different materials such as all-ceramic, gold and porcelain fused and metal crowns. After a careful assessment, we will advise you what the most suitable material is for your tooth.
After your treatment, you will be able to eat and chew as per normal right away. You may experience some sensitivity or soreness after a crown which should subside within a few days or weeks.
How long your crown will last will largely depend upon:
1. Your lifestyle and eating habits
2. The size and strength of the remaining natural core of your tooth
3. The pressure placed on the crown (e.g. whilst eating)
4. Your oral hygiene
Therefore, it is important to protect your newly crowned tooth from hard foods or undesirable habits.
If your tooth has experienced extensive damage, contact Dentist Mandy to book an appointment (insert hyperlink) to determine what treatment options will help you restore your damaged tooth and confident smile.
Permanent crowns can be made from various materials. This can be metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic.
Metal crowns include gold, palladium, nickel of chromium. Metal crowns can withstand biting and chewing forces well, therefore it takes the longest to wear down. Metal crowns also rarely chip or break. The only issue that concerns patients is the metallic colour, however it is recommended for molars as they are usually out of sight.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are crowns that can be matched to the colour of your teeth. However, due to its material in comparison to metal crowns, it is more likely to wear to opposing teeth. The porcelain portion of the crown can also chip or break off, and the metal can be exposed if your gums recede. However, due to its aesthetic nature, it is recommended for front of back teeth.
Ceramic dental crowns provide the best natural colour match out of all crown types. They are suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and hence they wear down more quickly in comparison to the metal and porcelain crowns. Ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.
There are a few precautions you should follow to take care of your temporary crown before a permanent crown is ready for you. This includes:
No. A crowned tooth should be treated like a normal tooth and good oral hygiene should be followed. Although a crown does not require special care, it does not protect the tooth from decay under the crown or gum disease. Floss and brush your teeth twice a day and follow your dentist’s instructions to maintain good oral health.
Dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years on average. It depends on the amount of wear it is exposed to, whether you are maintaining good oral hygiene practices, as well as other oral habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, biting your fingernails or chewing ice. If you have any concerns about your crown, do not hesitate to book an appointment with Dentist Mandy to discuss your concerns.