It is very common to find one’s tooth damaged. This may occur due to decay, trauma or own habits such as clenching. Earlier the only solution to a badly damaged tooth was to get it extracted. But with advancing times come better technologies and better remedies. Now, not only you can save a damaged tooth but also get it treated with such high-end tools that one can hardly differentiate between a natural tooth and a prosthesis. One such popular treatment option is a tooth crown. These are tooth-shaped ‘caps’ that are customized according to each patient’s size and requirements. They are placed over a damaged tooth, an Implant post or cover-up a gap due to a missing tooth, as a part of a dental bridge.
A dental crown is seated over the visible portion of your tooth with the aid of dental cement and they serve to protect or restore the physical appearance and function of your teeth. They are made of a material such as metals, resins or porcelain.
Who Requires a Dental Crown?
You are a suitable candidate for a Crown placement procedure if:
- You have a cracked, chipped or severely abraded tooth.
- You have a large cavity such that the tooth is weak even after a filling.
- Your tooth has undergone a root canal treatment procedure which can render a tooth more fragile.
- You are missing a tooth, as a part of a dental bridge.
- Your tooth is serving to hold and support a dental bridge in place.
- You are getting a Dental Implant placed.
- Your tooth is misshapen or badly discoloured.
Special Types of Crowns
¾ crowns and Onlays: If you still have some solid and supportive tooth structure remaining your dentist will recommend you these crowns as a more conservative treatment choice. Onlays and ¾ crowns will not cover your entire tooth as a conventional crown does, instead only the affected portion will be treated and crowned.
Temporary Crowns: As the name suggests, these crowns are used for only a short duration. They are employed to cover your prepared tooth while a permanent crown is being made. Such temporary crowns are placed using an easily removable adhesive on the first of the two scheduled appointments for crown placement.
Same-Day Dental Crowns: Your whole smile can be redesigned within an hour, using next-generation technology to design and produce customized Crowns. These crowns are delivered on the same day with unmatched quality, ensuring that the patient receives the fastest and best treatment available.
Alternatives to Dental Crowns
If you or your Dentist feels that the Dental crowns are not the appropriate treatment option for your case, then you may opt for any of the following therapeutics:
Dental Implants: These are the best options for those that have lost single or multiple teeth with a resulting gap in their mouth. These should also be considered if the decay to the tooth is extensive and a filling or an RCT won’t cut the mark.
Dental Fillings: These can be preferred if the damage due to decay is not severe and some tooth structure can be salvaged to support a filling.
Veneers: Dental Veneers can be a suitable choice if the tooth is discoloured, chipped or has other cosmetic concerns.
You may have a couple of choices when it comes to dental treatments, but it will ultimately boil down to your functional and esthetic requirements. You should have a detailed and uninhibited conversation with your dentist with regards to your requirement and dental needs.