Why Do You Need Dental Crown and How To Keep It Clean
A dental crown is a “cap” that is custom made to cover your tooth; to restore its strength, color, shape and size. When cemented in place, crowns encase the whole visible part of your tooth from the gum-line. Bridges on the other hand are used to replace missing teeth, teeth on both sides are crowned and a fixed artificial tooth is anchored between them.
There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend crowning one or more of your teeth:
- To restore / protect a weakened tooth. A tooth that has been weakened by decay or has had root canal treatment.
- To protect and hold together a tooth that has a crack
- To support a tooth that has a large dental filling
- To improve the appearance of severely discolored teeth
- To make a dental bridge ( replace missing teeth)
- To restore a dental implant
Dentists now have different materials to choose from when fabricating your crown. All ceramic crowns are made of porcelain; where as all metal crowns can be made of gold or other alloys for example palladium. Another type of crowns; a hybrid between porcelain and metal; is porcelain fused to metal crowns where a very thin layer of gold underlies the porcelain for increased strength.
How are crowns made?
Crowns are made and issued over two appointments, two weeks apart. On your first appointment your dentist will remove 1-2 mm from your tooth, take a mold of your tooth and give you a temporary crown. On your second appointment, your dentist will fit the crown, check its color, shape and fit, when he/she is satisfied the crown is cemented in.
How do I keep my crown clean?
Once a patient has a crown or a bridge placed in their mouth, they will still need to maintain the same level of dental hygiene they did beforehand with regular brushing and flossing and by avoiding hard foods such as ice or candy. Another way to keep your repaired teeth lasting longer is to regularly go to the dentist for routine cleans and checkups. If you are concerned that your mouth may need treatment or that you are behind on scheduled examinations, Our Dentists at Dental Avenue Parramatta are here to discuss your treatment options and offer the highest quality dental treatment.
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