Having a damaged tooth by either having a crack or the tooth being weak resulting in breakages can be very detrimental. Many are the times one risks losing such teeth. Dentists have come up with Dental Crown and Bridges, which are meant to bring back the tooth size, shape, and strengthen it giving you back your radiant appearance.
Dental crowns are artificial caps that are shaped like a tooth are cemented on the damaged tooth covering the visible part of it, thus encasing the damaged tooth inside. By this, they protect the broken tooth from more damages as well as making it stronger and keeping its natural shape.
Bridges on the other hand as the name suggests they are used to cover dental gaps by cementing them between two natural or Implants teeth, thus filling up the space.
Types of Crowns available.
The available types of crowns are based on the material that they are made from, while others are more expensive and durable others are cheap and do not last long, they are;
• Resin can also be used to make dental crowns although they do not last long hence their more reasonable costs of installation. Use as a temporary crown
• Gold and Silver alloy crowns, It is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength, thus makes it a very hardwearing restoration. These crowns are silver or gold in color.
• Porcelain and ceramic types, these are designed to match the color of the natural teeth and are preferred by those who are allergic to the various metals used to make dental crowns.
• We can even have a blend of ceramic or a porcelain with a metal, these are a great combination, and they give uniquely appearing crowns.
• 3M ™ Lava ™ Premium zirconia crown system is based on a unique 3M ™ shading technology, meaning that its color is not on the surface but comes from within. This unique technology used in the Lava ™ Premium Dyeing Liquids also helps to preserve translucency after shading, without compromising strength.
• E.Max lithium disilicate … Minimally invasive preparation and adhesive cementation of crowns with a layer thickness of 1 mm; Clinical long-term success and scientifically documented results; Natural-looking esthetics
The procedure of getting a dental crown.
This mostly takes only two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves observation of the number of teeth that need crowning. They are prepared by having the tooth measured and adequately designed to fit the teeth correctly.
The second visit involves cementing the crowns on to the teeth and check occlusal. Thus the procedure is complete.
During this procedure, local anaesthesia is used to numb your mouth to avoid extreme pain. There is no much pain involved except during root canal procedure that has to be done but on anesthesia.
After your dentist will give you some tips on how to deal with the uncomfortableness that comes before getting used to them. Painkillers can also be prescribed to manage any pain that might be there.
Problems with dental crowns.
There are very few problems that come with crowning, and therefore it is a very safe dental procedure. These issues include:
• Allergic reaction toward the material used to make the crown
• The crown is becoming loose or even falling off.
• Chipping of the crown, common with the all porcelain crown but dentists uses resins to repair and fix the crown.
Dental crowns are typical and are a safe way to secure your damaged teeth; they are can be replaced at any time if they get damaged. Your dentist should be able to remove the damaged one and to replace it with another of your choice. Removing them at home is not allowed only go to a dentist for that as it can lead to more damage to the tooth. The replacement procedure is similar to the first one just that instead of removing a temporary crown to fix a new permanent one, your dentist will remove the old one and replace it with a new one.
The procedure is really affordable, and the cost may vary from one region to another. Also, the number of crowns and bridges that you need may cause a variation in the whole price.