Dental crowns or dental caps are a type of dental restoration that is placed on top of the damaged teeth. They work like a snug hat for your teeth. When fillings don’t work then crowns are used to prevent, cover, and restore the shape of your teeth. When a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth then also crowns are needed. These are made out of metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. The crowns are bonded to the teeth by dental cement. Once the crowns are placed they don’t need any special care except maintaining good oral hygiene. So, if you are having damaged teeth and are losing shape due to many reasons like tooth decay, or injury, etc then visit your dentist for crown treatment.
The benefits of crowns
The crowns not just restore the shape of your teeth but also size, strength, and appearance. If you go for crowns then you may enjoy the following benefits.
Protect the weaker teeth from losing their shape
Restore the broken or damaged teeth
Hold severely damaged teeth together
Cover a dental implant
Improve the appearance of your teeth
Prevent tooth decay
Versatile cosmetic treatment
Stronger and more durable than fillings
Improve overall oral health
Give you an even smile
What to expect before and during treatment?
Usually, you will have to visit twice for completing the crown treatment process. When you visit your dentist the following might be happening.
During the first visit, the dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and discuss your dental history with you.
He may ask you to get an X-Ray of a tooth that is going to receive the crown
If your dentist finds the signs of tooth decay, risks of infection, or injury to the tooth’s pulp, he will do a root canal treatment before the dental crowns
The crown receiving tooth will be filed to make space for the crow so it can be fitted properly
If more part of the tooth is missing then it will be rebuilt with a filling material for the crown to cover
Once your tooth is reshaped, impressions will be taken to prepare the crown of an exact size. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is prepared
These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory where crowns will be prepared
When the crowns are prepared your dentist will inform you to re-visit the clinic.
The temporary crown will be removed and a new permanent crown will be cemented
During the treatment, local anesthesia may be used
What to expect after you’ve had a crown?
Though after the crown treatment there is no need for any special care yet you should expect the following.
You can experience soreness, sensitivity, and discomfort
If the crowns are made out of all porcelain then they may chip down
If your crowns feel loose then visit your dentist
You may experience an allergic reaction because of the material of the crowns
Avoid using sticky or chewy foods like chewing gums
Avoid using colorful foods and beverages for the first couple of weeks
Do not use hard food items
How much do crowns cost?
The cost of dental crowns depends on the number of crowns and the material in which they are made out. However, on average, the cost of crowns ranges between £800 and £2,000. If this treatment prevents your teeth from further damage and severe infections then it is not an expensive treatment.
If your teeth are losing shape due to any reason then book an appointment with your dentist right away and receive dental crowns.