Dental crowns: when to use them?

The smile is the most precious jewel everyone has. But sometimes people's smiles are limited because of their teeth. Teeth can be damaged, stained, fractured... One solution to correct these imperfections, and also to restore the teeth to their original function, which is the chewing function, is the placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns can be made of different materials: cast metal, ceramic, a mixture of ceramic and metal (which forms the base), resin, or outdated but still existing: gold. It should also be noted that the price of a crown can vary from the cheapest, made of metal materials, to the most expensive, made of ceramic.

What is a dental crown?

The dental crown, on a healthy tooth, is the visible part outside of the gum that is covered by the dental enamel. The dental crown also refers to a prosthesis made to cover or protect the tooth, avoiding extracting or replacing it completely, or simply for aesthetic reasons. A distinction must be made between the dental crown, which allows a tooth to be reconstructed, an inlay-core, which is an element supported in a dental canal and which supports the dental crown, and the bridge, which is the realization of dental crowns at least between two teeth.

When should dental crowns be used?

Dental crowns are recommended when the tooth is being devitalized. Thus, the dental crown will have the role of protecting the remaining tissues. Also when a tooth fractures, after dental care, the installation of a dental crown is recommended. To place the dental crown, the dentist must use local anesthesia before bonding or sealing, using cement. If the tooth is badly damaged, a crown on an implant is necessary. The materials used can be a ceramic-metallic mixture with a metal base and a ceramic or all-ceramic crown, which is more aesthetic but also more expensive. When a bridge is needed on damaged teeth, dental crowns are used as a support for the bridge. The placement of dental crowns is recommended for aesthetic purposes such as misalignment, or tooth colouring that does not match the person's skin tone .

Recommendations about dental crowns?

After the dental crown is placed, good dental hygiene is recommended. It is necessary to practice a good brushing morning and evening, use dental floss, avoid food and actions that damage the teeth? It should be remembered that no material is really dangerous for the realization of a dental crown but it can happen, after the installation of a crown, the appearance of an allergy or pain. However, these side effects must disappear within 48 to 72 hours. You should consult your dentist if these ailments persist. It should also be noted that the dental crown is not like a denture, so it is not removable. If it moves or comes off, you should consult your dentist because it is not appropriate.
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