What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a solution for preserving damaged or weakened teeth, or to replace a lost tooth using either a bridge or a dental implant. It is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented into place over a tooth.
Dental crowns are mainly needed to protect, hold together, or replace a tooth and to provide chewing and biting power.
How is a dental crown placed?
To place the dental crown, previously it is necessary to carry out a carving of the original dental piece to obtain enough space to place the crown or cover. Likewise, measures are taken to design and manufacture it. In the dental laboratory, measurements of the final crown will be prepared, while the patient will wear a provisional. After a week, a test will be done to see that it fits correctly and, if everything goes well, it is sent back to the laboratory to finalize the final one.
Finally, the sheath is attached to the tooth by means of a special cement-adhesive.
Before placing a dental crown, the tooth receiving the crown is filed down to make room for the crown or cap. Impressions of the tooth are taken so that the crown can be designed and manufactured in the lab; the patient wears a temporary crown during this time. A week later, the crown will be tested to ensure it fits correctly; if it does, it will be sent back to the lab to manufacture the definitive piece.
Finally, the crown is attached to the tooth using a special cement-adhesive.
Types of dental crowns
We work with different types of dental crowns at the Casanova 25 dental clinic:• Porcelain fused to metal crowns: These crowns are placed on very damaged teeth. A metal structure covered with porcelain provides excellent aesthetic and functional results. The main disadvantage is that if the gum retracts over time part of the metal that serves as the base of the crown may be exposed. For this reason, using more aesthetic materials, such as zirconium, is recommended for restorations on front teeth. • Porcelain crowns: This lightweight, resistant material has been a very popular choice for crowns. They can be easily color matched to teeth and an absence of metal means that bio-compatibility is excellent. The disadvantage is that they are not advisable for posterior areas where chewing forces are high. • Zirconium crowns: These are a harder and more resistant option than pure porcelain, and the translucency of this material achieves better aesthetic results. • Resin crowns: These are not very resistant and are only used for temporary crowns until the final ones are placed.
Caring for a dental crown
We recommend that our patients at the dental clinic treat the crowns as if they were natural teeth, including a professional teeth cleaning once a year. Brush your teeth 3 times a day (especially in the morning and at night), floss, and visit the dentist to get a check-up, even if you notice no pain, simply to prevent dental issues and for good oral health.
When are dental crowns recommended?
The aesthetic appearance of the tooth in question always improves with a crown:4. When you want to cover a tooth with a different shape or color, the result of wear and tear, a chip, or a specific discoloration of the tooth due to various causes the use of drugs like tetracycline. 5. When you want to protect a weakened tooth that has been restored or endodontically treated. 6. When you want to cover an implant. Crowns are always fitted on top of dental implants after placement.