The dental field has evolved in the past few decades. We find ourselves coming across many medical advancements that are not only helpful for oral hygiene but also life-changing in many ways. All in all, a dental crown is another medical phenomenon that has revolutionized the dental field. It is basically a tooth-shaped “cap” that covers a tooth to restore its form, size, strength, and overall performance.
According to recent European research, roughly a third of the adult population in England wears a crown. In a study of dental treatment in elderly people in New York City, it was discovered that 40% of those over the age of 55 had crowns installed.
WHY IS A DENTAL CROWN NEEDED?
The following conditions may require the use of a dental crown:
- To prevent a weak tooth from fracturing (for example, due to rotting) or to hold sections of a broken tooth together.
- To conceal a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic improvement.
- To repair a tooth that has previously been fractured or significantly worn down.
- When there isn’t much of a tooth left, a big filling can be used to cover and support a tooth. It can also be used to keep a dental bridge in place.
HOW IMPORTANT IS A DENTAL CROWN FOR CHILDREN?
Normally, children may encounter various accidents while playing or may experience a traumatic event that leads them to a dental fracture. Apart from that, children are not even conscious about their dental and oral health. Cavities or tooth decay are caused by a combination of factors, including poor dental hygiene and a bad diet.
If a child consumes a lot of sweet, sugary, or even starchy meals that are high in carbohydrates (cakes, ice cream, candy, chips, crackers, etc.), he or she is more likely to develop dental decay.
On primary (baby) teeth in children, a crown may be used to:
- Protect the teeth of a child who is at risk for tooth decay, especially if they have difficulties maintaining good oral hygiene daily.
- Save a tooth that has been severely decayed and cannot be restored by a filling.
- Reduce the use of general anesthesia in children who are unable to completely participate in complete dental treatment due to age, behavior, or medical history.
In such circumstances, a stainless steel crown is likely to be recommended by a pediatric dentist.
TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS:
There are five types of dental crowns, depending on the material, available in the market.
- Stainless steel
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain
HOW DO PERMANENT DENTAL CROWNS DIFFER FROM TEMPORARY DENTAL CROWNS?
Temporary crowns are manufactured in the dentist’s office, but permanent crowns are usually manufactured in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are often composed of acrylic or stainless steel. Temporary dental crowns can be used as a temporary repair while a permanent dental crown is being produced in a lab.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL CROWNS:
If you have a tooth that requires treatment, call our clinic to see whether a dental crown is the best option for you. If you treat your damaged teeth now, it will save you time, money, and frustration.A dental crown is a highly successful therapy for restoring a tooth that has been injured in some manner, and it offers several advantages over alternatives. However, crowns have significant drawbacks that should be addressed while choosing the best treatment option for each patient. In this section, we will go through the major benefits of dental crowns.
1. SUPPORT THE DAMAGED TOOTH
Stress, trauma, and dental decay can all have disastrous consequences for the outer tooth. A tooth might become so weak and fractured that a dentist is left with just two alternatives: either remove it or implant a dental crown.
If a dentist decides to preserve a broken tooth, they will clean and file it to prepare it for a crown. The crown supports the tooth and makes it as hard as a healthy tooth after a crown is placed on top of it by the dentist. In the end, the patient regains complete dental performance.
2. PRESERVE A DEAD TOOTH FROM FALLING APART
Pulpitis is an inflammation of the pulp of the tooth. Irreversible pulpitis is a condition that cannot be cured. The inner tooth dies as a result of it. Irreversible pulpitis is treated by a dentist who performs a root canal to remove the affected pulp. The dentist can repair the tooth in one of two methods after completing the root canal.The first method is to use a filling to seal the tooth.
The second option is slightly better, which is to cover the tooth with a crown. A crown is required to preserve a dead tooth, particularly a molar, from fracturing into pieces.
3. LONG-LASTING SOLUTION
Crowns are more durable and stronger than fillings, inlays, and onlays as dental restorations. Crowns are the most durable and long-lasting alternative when compared to other cosmetic procedures. They even exceed dental bonding and veneers.
4. VERSATILE COSMETIC TREATMENT
Many defects in teeth can be corrected using dental caps. They are used to conceal crooked, chipped, or discolored teeth. Crowns can also be used by a dentist to give you a captivating smile.
Crowns also repair gaps in teeth by encasing and strengthening tiny teeth. As a result, many dentists recommend crowns as a cosmetic remedy.
5. THE BEST PROTECTION FOR A TOOTH WITH A HISTORY OF TOOTH DECAY
A tooth that has had many treatments for tooth decay strongly requires a dental crown. A dentist may use a dental cap to cover a problematic tooth instead of a filling or a dental onlay.
The cap will completely cover the tooth, creating a barrier between it and the rest of the mouth. The barrier will keep dangerous germs, acids, chemicals, and carbohydrates from getting close to the tooth.