A good set of healthy, white sparkling teeth is desired by many. People are known to have gone to great lengths to have a perfect smile. A common answer to the problems associated with physical dental damage is a dental crown. A dental crown refers to the method of restoration of teeth using certain materials which are cemented over or on top of a tooth.
How dental crowns work?
A dental crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes also known as a cap.
Broken teeth or teeth destroyed by dental decay are mostly restructured with the help of dental crowns. A major difference between crowns and fillings is that unlike fillings, laboratory molded dental crowns act as a support to the remaining teeth. Because crowns are made in a laboratory, one has to have at least two trips to the dentist for a crown to be fitted. The crown is fitted after one or two weeks of taking an impression of the teeth. The new crown is fixed by using dental cement which acts as glue and sticks the crown with the teeth.
If making two visits to the dentist is far too troublesome for your busy schedule, that’s perfectly fine because technology has made it possible for the entire process to be completed in just one single visit. Digital scanning technology aids the dentist in making a highly accurate impression of your tooth. The impression is then used by a separate machine to develop your permanent dental crown almost instantly. Dental crowns made with this type of technology are better in terms of comfort, strength, durability, and aesthetics.
Types of crowns
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials. Here are some of the most popular options:
Porcelain bonded to precious or non-precious metal: this is what most crowns are made from. A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
Porcelain crowns: these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
All-ceramic crowns: this modern material is metal free. It can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. This makes it suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
Glass: these crowns look very natural and are used on both front and back teeth.
Gold alloy crowns: gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metals to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard-wearing restoration. These crowns are silver or gold in color.
Crown Preparation and Fitting
The dentist will prepare the tooth so it is the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist will take an impression (mold) of the prepared tooth, one of the other jaw, and possibly another to mark the way you bite together. The impressions will then be given to the dental technician, along with details of the shade to use and other information needed for the crown to be made.
When 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.
After your crown’s been firmly set in place, you need to be sure that it’s properly maintained. If you’re thinking that you need some kind of special dental appliance to keep it clean, you’ll be surprised to know you don’t. Maintaining your dental crown is in fact, no different from cleaning your teeth. Brushing your teeth and flossing are all it takes to preserve the quality of your new dental crown for years to come. It’s also recommended for you to schedule regular dental appointments to monitor its condition, and perform regular cleanings.
At Tijuana Dental Studios, we are the dental crown experts in Tijuana. Our Dentists in Mexico have many years of experience performing dental crown treatments, as well as many other treatments, like dental implants and root canals, to patients from both sides of the border. Our patients love us because we provide them with high quality and professional service, and also because we help them save money! How much money? As much as 60% of what they would pay in the USA (check out our dentist price list). Don’t give it another thought, call us today to schedule your appointment, get a quote or ask any questions you may have. We are here to make your smile shine!