Crowns are placed on damaged or eroded teeth to protect them from further wear and tear. They completely cover the tooth and help restore its original shape. Teeth can be damaged by tooth decay, injury and age. Crowns are often used to restore the shape and size of the tooth while improving their strength and appearance. A crown is cemented in place becoming a permanent part of the patient’s mouth. If you have a cavity or a damaged tooth which might need a crown placement, give Star28 Dental Clinic a call. Our team will evaluate your situation and assess your needs before discussing the necessary procedures to restore your oral health.
Dental crowns are created from a variety of materials. They can be metal, porcelain, resin, ceramic and stainless steel. Metal dental crowns can be made of different metals like platinum, gold, nickel-chromium, and cobalt-chromium. They can withstand the pressure of chewing and biting and are long-lasting.
Stainless steel crowns are used as substitutes while permanent crowns are being made. Steel crowns are often used for children to protec
t primary teeth which will eventually fall out.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are the best because they match the surrounding teeth and look real. However, porcelain teeth are not as durable as the metal or resin crowns. They are prone to chipping and breaking.
Resin crowns are cost-effective but can fracture from pressure. Ceramic crowns fit naturally in the mouth and can be made to match the surrounding teeth without the drawback of chipping or breaking. These are ideal for those who are allergic to metals.
Sometimes, crowns are used as the last step in securing other dental work in place. Root canals and bridge work always have to be completed before crowns can be placed because crowns completely cover the tooth.
Common Issues With Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are meant to last a lifetime but some crown materials are prone to chipping so proper care is important to extend their life as much as possible. Some of the common issues with crowns are chipping, loss of crown, discomfort and sensitivity, discoloration of the crowned tooth, and patients having an allergic reaction to the material of the crown.
Dental crowns can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. Caring for dental crowns involves simple daily measures like brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Patients will also need to avoid certain foods like hard candies, ice, and sticky food items like toffee, caramel, and chewing gum. Along with this self-care, patients will also have to schedule appointments with their local dental health expert for regular checkups and cleanings.
If you have major tooth decay or tooth damage because of an injury or trauma, or if one of your teeth needs additional support, you should consider calling the team at (714) 523-2828 today to book your appointment. Our team at Star28 Dental Clinic will give you the best possible options available and will ensure you have a quick, stress free procedure.