Natural teeth are real assets that ideally last for a lifetime. But, everyone is not fortunate enough to have them in good shape throughout their life. If you have lost a tooth or damaged one, then you don’t really need to panic or feel dejected. Crowns are ideal solutions to restore teeth that are damaged or weakened by tooth decay or a large filling.
What is Crown?
A crown, also known as a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth-like structure that is used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The main objective of the crown is to restore the tooth and protect it from further damage. Crowns or dental caps are also used by dentists to provide a covering to the discolored or badly shaped tooth. A tooth fixed with a crown looks and works like a natural tooth.
Crowns are made from different materials like:
- Metal alloys
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Composite resin etc.
- Lithium Di-Silicate
You generally have to pay two visits to your dentist for the complete treatment.
In the first visit, the doctor will prepare your tooth by removing its outer portion and cleaning the decay, if any. The shades of the adjacent teeth may also be noted to ensure the crown easily blends with the other teeth.
Next, an impression of the tooth is taken to provide an exact model of the crown. A temporary crown is fixed to the tooth. After this temporary attachment, you will have to wait for a week for the permanent crown placement. Once the new crown is ready, your dentist will fix the crown in your mouth and make the required adjustments. Once the doctor is satisfied with the look and feel of the crown, he will permanently cement the crown, making it a long-term restoration solution for your tooth.
As for the treatment, cost is concerned, the range will vary depending upon the type of crown and material used in its making. The doctor’s bill will ideally include dental crown cost, dentist’s consultation fees and charges for other processes that may be required in your case.
Care for Crown
Crowns do not require any additional care than what you do for the rest of your teeth. However, it is important to take care of them so you can enjoy their benefits for a lifetime. An essential point to remember here is that like natural teeth, crowns too can break and tooth under the crown can get cavities. To prevent cavities or damage to your crown you must follow the given instructions:
- Brushing and flossing should be done regularly.
- Make bi-annual visits to your doctor for routine check-ups and cleanings.
- The crown is vulnerable during the first few weeks of placement so during this period you must avoid chewing hard and sticky food items like ice, carrot, chewing gum.