Dental Crowns or Teeth Crowns are dental restoration caps which are fitted on a portion of tooth lies above the gums. In this way dental crown becomes external surface of tooth giving it required protection and beautiful looks.
As we get older, many of us discover that our teeth that are no longer as structurally sound as they were in our youth. Your regular dentist will usually be able to recognize problem areas which may lead to tooth damage and a need for dental crowns. If the entire surface of the tooth is damaged, but the root system has remained intact, your dentist will usually suggest that a dental crown be put in place. Dental crowns are also capable of replacing missing teeth entirely. The dental crown is secured to the teeth on either side using a bridge section which connects the two dental crowns.
Metal Free Dental Crowns
Metal free dental crowns are becoming popular nowadays. Such crowns look very natural. With metal free dental crowns we can do restoration matching shape, the colour / shade and light transmission as same level of other teeth.
I.P.S. Empress, I.P.S. e.Max, Procera Ziconia, Procera Alumina and Vita Inceram are some of the popular treatments nowadays.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dentist needs to take impression of your tooth in order to make suitable dental crown. Actual making of dental crown takes place at lab where the impression is sent. A temporary crown is installed and you will wear this until the permanent crown has been made which usually takes about two weeks. The cement colour used for your permanent crown must be the same as used for your temporary crown as the colour of the cement does affect the overall colour of a porcelain crown.
When you return for your second appointment the permanent crown will be cemented onto your tooth. The dental crown should last for ten to fifteen years. The placement of a crown can usually be completed with only two appointments. However, it is possible that your tooth may require a preliminary restoration. In order to stabilize your tooth, a filling will be put in place prior to placing a crown due to the loss of original tooth structure.