A dental crown is a restorative cover that sits over the top of your tooth. This cover is usually made from porcelain or resin, and it helps protect a tooth while restoring its color, shape, and strength.
There are several reasons that someone might need a dental crown. Your dentist might recommend one if you have a cavity that’s too large for a traditional filling, if your tooth is worn down, decayed, or otherwise weakened, or if you’d like to hide a badly discolored tooth.
Getting a dental crown usually takes two visits to your dentist. At your initial visit, the dentist will numb your mouth with anesthetic, then prepare the tooth for the crown. This means he or she will clear away any decal and shave down the tooth so the crown will fit once it’s in place.
Next, your dentist will make an impression of your prepared tooth (either with a mold or a digital scan). This impression will go off to the lab so the crown can be built, and you’ll head home with a temporary crown over your tooth.
Your second visit is typically two weeks later. At this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the custom-made crown in its place. The dentist will examine the crown for proper fit, color, and comfort – and if everything looks good, he or she will cement the crown onto your tooth. Just like that, you’re all done… and your smile looks great!
The average lifespan for a well-maintained dental crown is typically around 15 years. However, when taken care of properly, it is common to see them last upwards of 25-30 years. The mouth is a complex system, and there are many factors that can affect the longevity of a crown, including a person’s oral hygiene habits, along with the day-to-day wear it is exposed to.
There are several issues that you might experience over time with your crown, including:
Permanent and Temporary Dental crown after care:
With the temporary dental crown, the following few precautions should be taken:
It is also advisable that you chew less on the affected mouth part but chew more with the opposite side of your mouth. This will reduce the possibility of dislodgement or damage to the dental crown. More so, when flossing, slide out the flossing material instead of lifting it out. You may mistakenly pull off the temporary crown when lifting the floss out.
Once you receive the permanent crown, it is important for you to avoid sticky diets for the first 24hours. After then, you may return to your normal diets and oral practices.
When you receive your permanent dental crown, you will have fewer dietary restrictions. Nonetheless, there are still a few diets to avoid, which include:
In addition to the diets to avoid above, there are some certain lifestyles and behaviors to choose or avoid if you have a dental crown, these include:
By carefully following the above guidelines, you would be protecting your dental crown and preserving your investment.
Dental crowns vary in price based on the material used and what area of the country you live in. Furthermore, porcelain crowns are usually the most expensive. The cheapest types of crowns are usually the ones made of gold or porcelain fused to metal ones.
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