A dental crown ( cap) is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth. It makes the tooth strong and gives it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is known as a ‘cap’ in layman terms. The usual method for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth to create space under local anesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubber-like material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, and the technician makes the crown.
Does Crown treatment hurt?
No. A local anesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. If the tooth already is root canal treated there is no need of even a local anesthetic.
How do I care for my crown?
It is important to keep the crown just as clean as you would your natural teeth. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. Brush last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, and clean in between your teeth with ‘inter-dental’ brushes or floss.
Will the crown feel different?
You will have slight awareness about the crown for initial few days. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will not notice it. The crown may need some adjustment if your bite does not feel comfortable, and if this is the case, you should ask your dentist to check and adjust it.
How is the crown fitted?
Once you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown, it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive. The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.
Will the crown be noticeable?
The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The shade of the surrounding teeth will be recorded. That will ensure the color looks natural and matches those teeth.
How long do Crowns last?
How long a Crown lasts can depend a lot on where it is in your mouth, type of material and the height and structure of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you about how long your crowns should last and wherever necessary Crown lengthening procedure may be advised to enhance the structural support for the crown.
Also how long any dental treatment lasts, depends on the oral hygiene maintenance and regular follow-ups of the patient.
Are there different varieties in the crown?
Yes. There are different types of crowns available. Your dentist will guide you as to which one suits best for your tooth. Usually Zirconium crowns are the best crowns in terms of both strength and aesthetics.