Crowns refer to fixed prosthetic devices that are bonded onto the existing teeth or implants, by a prosthodontist or a dentist. It’s most common purpose is to cover or cap a damaged tooth or an implant. It can be required for the following purposes:
A dental crown may also be utilized in special cases like in the case of young children for their primary teeth to:
Several types of metals can be used to make permanent crowns. These include all resin, stainless steel, gold or an alloy, porcelain infused to metal and all-ceramic.
A crown not only helps in strengthening a damaged tooth, but also helps in aesthetic purposes by enhancing a tooth’s appearance, alignment, shape and dental occlusion (bite).
A crown is usually capped on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure. This is done to provide normal oral functioning. Ceramic or porcelain teeth can be matched to the colour of the adjacent natural teeth. Other materials entail metal alloys and gold which are stronger than porcelain and are recommended for back teeth. Porcelain fused metal is most commonly used because of two important reasons, it is both strong and attractive.
Where teeth are missing a bridge is mounted onto a space and is attached to a tooth or an implant. These teeth are called abutments, and they serve as anchors for the bridge. After this, a replacement tooth called a pontic is attached to the crown that hides the abutment. The material of choice for bridges is available like that in crowns
A dentist is the best guide to decide what is the best for the patient based on several factors like aesthetic considerations, cost, location of the missing tooth, its function.
While it is true that crowns can last a lifetime, they sometimes do become loose or fall out. Therefore steps must be taken to ensure the longevity of your crown. Practising good oral hygiene can ensure the protection of a healthy smile. Brushing twice a day with good fluoride toothpaste as well as flossing helps in keeping the gum and teeth healthy. Seeing a dentist or hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings also play a key role.
Healthy teeth are key to having a beautiful smile that we all covet. A dental crown is one of the ways to achieve this desirable result. If you are looking for a dentist to get dental crowns, contact Hiremath Family Dentistry.