Crowns installation processes and their overall outlook
A crown is a restoration which is used to cover a tooth. This is meant to restore its normal shape and size which will also boost the strength and appearance of this tooth. When a tooth is broken to an extent that even filling will not solve the issue, then a crown is what is resorted to. If you have a cracked tooth, this crown is what will hold this tooth together and will even seal these cracks. By having this crown installed, you will prevent more damage from occurring. If your tooth has been reduced to an extent that the remaining part will not provide support for large filling to be done, then a crown is the better option for that case. Below are a few things to know about these crowns;
How is a crown installed?
For this procedure to happen successfully, then your tooth will be reduced so as to allow a crown to fit over it. The dentist will then take an impression of the teeth including that of the gums and is immediately sent to the lab for the fabrication of the tooth. In the meantime, a temporary crown may be fitted until the permanent one is available. Once you make your next scheduled visit, the dentist will remove the temporary one and cement the one which permanent on your tooth.
Does it have a natural appearance?
Yes, it does. The reason why the dentist will take time to collect an impression of your teeth is because they want to create a crown which looks as accurate as the natural looking teeth. In order for a certain look to be achieved, there is need for a number of factors to be considered. These include bit, shape, color and length of your natural teeth. This is because any of them has the capacity to affect appearance.
If there are particular cosmetic looks that you wish to have, then you should discuss this with your dentist. Once the whole procedure is done, your teeth will not only be stronger, but will acquire a more attractive look than before.
Why go for crowns and not veneers?
A crown will need more of the tooth structure to be removed. This is the reason why they cover more of the tooth when compared to the veneers. Crowns are meant for those teeth which has lost their structure significantly or a particular tooth is missing. Again, these crowns can even be placed on both the natural tooth and a dental implant.
How long do these crowns last?
A crown should last for an average of about five to eight years. However, when one practices good oral hygiene, then these crowns can last for a longer period. Damaging habits such as teeth grinding, fingernail biting or even chewing of ice will reduce this period significantly and should thus be avoided.