A Dental crown, as the name would suggest, is a type of dental restoration procedure that completely encircles or caps a dental implant or tooth. The tooth-shaped ‘lid’ is placed on the tooth to restore its size and shape, fortify it, and/or to improve boost its performance. The most common use of a dental crown is when a huge cavity compromises on the health of your teeth. A crown is basically bonded on the tooth with a type of specialized dental cement. Once the crowns are cemented perfectly in their rightful place, they will fully cap the whole visible part of your tooth. Dental crowns are one of the commonest dental procedures today and can be done by almost all dentists. There are different situations that warrant a dental crown, such as:-
- A dental crown can be used to protect a fragile decaying from breaking.
- Used to hold together pieces of a cracked tooth perhaps after an accident
- Still on point, to restore a tooth that has been worn down severely or a broken one
- To not only cover but also support a tooth that has a large filling in case there is no much tooth left
- To cover very discolored teeth or teeth that are misshaped
- To hold a fitted dental bridge in its rightful place
- To cover and hide a dental implant
It is to be noted that unlike oral dental methods of caring for and restoring ‘unhealthy’ teeth that entail working in the mouth, a dental crown is not made inside the mouth but instead a mold of your teeth is created externally and then inserted over the teeth that need capping. This has made it possible to create the inserts from different materials such as porcelain or metal, ceramic, and resin, and gold, materials which couldn’t otherwise be created in the mouth. Fixing a dental crown can be very expensive, but the thing is generally dependent on the type of material used to make the dental crown.
The most affordable dental crowns are those made of resin but they tend to wear down quite easily over time and are more susceptible to such things as fractures. As expected, the most expensive are metal dental crowns, with the types of metal used including gold alloy among other allows such as a base metal alloy of chromium or nickel. The best thing about metal dental crowns is that they withstand chewing and biting forces quite well no wonder they are the most durable of them all. The other reason why metal crowns are expensive and preferred is because they rarely break or chip.
You will also find different fusions such as porcelain mixed with metal, which are also preferred as they offer the best color combination to the natural teeth. Ceramic dental crowns are also known to offer the best natural color combination and porcelain only comes second to ceramic dental crowns. With that being said, a temporary dental crown is a quick fix which can be done easily in your doctor’s office easily. However, a permanent dental crown is only made by a team of experts in the dental laboratory. Your doctor may recommend fixing a temporary dental crown which is made of stainless steel or acrylic as a temporary solution before the permanent crown is made.
Dental crowns can last for up to 10 years averagely, but its sustainability and lifespan will largely be determined by your oral hygiene. The same way you take care of your oral hygiene and proper care, porcelain or metal dental crown fittings can last a lifetime, on average approximately 50 years. However, regardless of the material used to make the dental crown, its durability will also be determined by the professionalism and skill of the performing dentist, reason enough to only work with professional and qualified dentists, preferably those who are highly experienced in the field.
If you have ever had problems with your teeth that warranted being fitted with a dental crown, perhaps because of an accident or a bad tooth cavity or decay that claimed one of several of your teeth, you can rest assured a dental crown will save you the ordeal of bad colored, mis-shaped or missing teeth. It is however to be mentioned that having a dental crown fitted does not mean the end of your routine oral hygiene. Even though, unlike your natural teeth, a dental crown is not meant to last forever even with the best oral care in the world you can increase its longevity by taking great care of it.
Common factors that affect your natural teeth such as presence of bacteria in your mouth, poor dental hygiene of not brushing and flossing after every meal, especially after a high intake of sugary stuff, can significantly compromise on the health and lifespan of your dental fittings.