When we hear the word crown the image we get is of something that sits on the top of our head, in terms of dental procedure a crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of chosen tooth on the top. Since it is the uppermost layer of teeth it is exposed to various forms of damage .All the food that we eat directly interacts with the top, the acids from food, repeated chewing process, lack of dental care can cause wear and tear on that layer. Dental crown by sitting on the top most layer of teeth protects the teeth from former damage or restores the damage and improves appearance. Here are the FAQs we get from our clients regarding crown.
1. Who is a good candidate for dental crown?
You are a good candidate if you :
- You have a large decay or cavity that requires a large filling generally the one that covers almost half of the tooth .
- You have undergone root canal.
- You have a cracked tooth
- You have a small uneven sized tooth
- If you don’t like the shape or size of your tooth
- If you have a missing tooth
- If your tooth is discolored and you want to improve its condition.
2. Is it painful?
It is not painful and as local anesthesia is used.
3. How is done?
The general picture you may have us just like crowning, the upper most part of the teeth, is covered by a cap like structure literally. The first step is to visit a dentist to assure that a proper plan of action is devised which includes, assessment of the damage and creating an impression of teeth so that the crown fits when applied.
4. How long does it take?
It generally takes 3 visits at minimum where the first one will be dedicated to take an impression of selected tooth and to consider other factors like shade of your tooth, fit so that when applied the crown looks as natural as possible. The second visit will be dedicated to fit the crown on your tooth. After analysis you and the care provider are satisfied of the fit, color and other important factors the crown will be placed and a dental cement is used to keep it firm. Usually the preferable gap between first and second visit is 2 to 4 days.
5. Will my teeth look any different?
It generally depends like if you are doing it to correct any sort of damage like cracked teeth or discoloration then it will obviously be different but in a good way. Otherwise great deal of effort is applied to ensure that it matches your other teeth right from shade to shape so it will look as natural as possible.
6. How long does it last?
If taken good care it can last many years so usually one crown lasts for a long time and single or maximum double after years may be required. So generally the lasting or requirement of crown depends on you really dental care habits and practices.
7. Will it affect my teeth?
Since the whole idea of crown is to protect the teeth from damage, it will definitely do no harm. But one thing you need to understand is, It is as susceptible to damage as your normal teeth.so it will require all the care like normal teeth .