Aesthetic Dental of Barbados
What is a crown and when are dental crowns used?
In some cases, heavily decayed or damaged teeth may be too week to withstand restoration, in such instances a dental crown may be the best way to retain the tooth and strengthen it.
Dental crowns are synthetic (often porcelain) caps that, when placed over a damaged tooth, help to stabilize the tooth and prevent further damage. A dental crown is a natural looking and versatile option for preserving decayed or badly damaged teeth.
Dental crowns can also be used to change the shape of a tooth, correct a bite or to fix a cosmetic problem, and when in place they fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
What to expect?
Firstly, you will need to schedule an examination at our office so we can check the health of your teeth, note that in some cases a root canal may be the first step needed in preparation for your crown.
Typically a temporary crown will be used in the preparatory stage, before the permanent crown is fitted. Temporary crowns serve different reasons, but normally they help the dentist to diagnose tooth fracture, allow the gums to heal after surgery, and also to assist in planning your new smile.
When your permanent crown is ready, it will be cemented in place.
How should I care for a temporary dental crown?
Whilst wearing a temporary crown, extra care should be taken, as it is only a temporary fixture, and therefore not as stable as a permanent crown. You should refrain from using chewy, hard, or sticky foods, similar to chewing gum, raw vegetables, and hard lollies, and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where your temporary crown has been inserted, also do not floss the temporary crown.
How should I care for my permanent dental crown?
A permanent dental crown on the other hand does not require any special attention and should be looked after like the rest of your teeth i.e., brushing teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. This helps to ensure that your teeth remain in excellent condition.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns typically last from around five to 15 years and a variety of factors can affect how long they will last. Some bad habits that will negatively affect the life of your dental crowns (and teeth) include:
- Bad oral hygiene
- Fingernail biting
- Grinding your teeth
- Crunching on ice and the likes.
The better you look after your crown (s), the longer it will last!