Why Do You Need A Crown?
The aim of your dentist is to ensure that you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, however if you start to lose your natural teeth, it can affect the face of your shape, the quality of your speech, your ability to chew, eat and swallow food. Losing teeth will also create gaps that harbour bacteria, thus increasing the likelihood of tooth decay in the future.
Dental Crowns have been used by dentists to repair teeth for a long time with modern dentists having the added benefit of being able to work with far more advanced materials. But why do you need a crown in the first place? Usually, it’s because your tooth has cracked or decayed and has been significantly damaged. If the tooth has been significantly damaged then there is not enough tooth support left to hold a filling in place – this is the point where a crown is fitted over the top of the existing tooth, retaining the remains of the tooth and filing.
Fitting a dental crowns usually requires two visits. The first visit involves us trimming the tooth into the right shape and taking a mould so that a ceramist can build you a perfectly fitted crown.
During this visit, when your dentist prepares your tooth he/she also cleans away any debris and decay from the tooth and then shapes the tooth so a crown will fit snuggly over it.
On the second visit, usually 2-3 weeks later, your new crown will be ready for fitting. Your dentist will fit the crown and then cement it into place, (providing that the colour and fit match the original specification of the mould taken of your existing ready and prepared tooth.)
The variety of materials now available to make crowns means that the costs can vary considerably. However, it also means that there are affordable solutions available and accessible to most people. The types of materials that your dentist could choose, depend on the circumstances and the patient. Not everybody wants a metallic or gold crown, however, metallic crowns do have advantages in terms of durability. So if the crown is required at the back of your mouth, it may be an option!
Another option is porcelain or ceramic crowns. Many people favor these because they are a good colour match for your existing teeth and therefore look very natural. However, they at times may be more expensive but it does depend on what type of porcelain is used and in which area of the mouth it is for.
Dental Crowns can also be made from resin. While this is a relatively inexpensive material, it does not last as long as some of the others and wears down relatively easier.
So the initial savings are not always as attractive as they first seem.
Your dentist will be able to give you full advice on how to ensure that your crown lasts a long time. Crowns are treated just like one of your own teeth and as long as you maintain a good standard of oral hygiene, then your crown should last for over a decade (depending on the quality of the materials used). One thing that can affect your crown and its longevity is if your grind your teeth. If you do grind your teeth (or if you think you do!), discuss it with your dentist. They will be able to advise you on potential steps you could take to protect your teeth and crowns from damage.