Dental Crowns – Everything you need to know

This article explains all important information about dental crown treatment. Read it to lean about the same.

Dr. Kartik Poonja Created on 21th Mar, 21

Many people in Navi Mumbai have damaged teeth. It happens due to different reasons, like tooth decay, injuries, or use over time. Teeth can also lose their shape or size. 


To stop the damaged teeth from causing any major problems, you can go for dental crowns. In this article, we will discuss dental crowns and their benefit for your damaged teeth.


First, let us start with what dental crowns are.


What are dental crowns?

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Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are placed on your tooth. It is like a small hat for your tooth. The crown restores the tooth's size, shape, strength, and appearance.


Crowns are used to protect, cover, and fix your teeth' shape when fillings do not solve the problem.


While the dental crown is cemented on your tooth, it also covers your tooth's noticeable damage.


Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, resin, metals, and ceramics. They usually do not require specific care other than proper oral hygiene.


Now that you understand what dental crowns are, let us understand when you might need one.


When would I need a dental crown?

You might need a dental crown for several reasons, including:

  • Protect a weak tooth (such as from decay) from breaking or keep the weak tooth together if its parts become cracked.
  • Fix a severely a broken tooth or worn-out tooth.
  • Covering a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining.
  • Holding a dental bridge within the place.
  • Covering misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • Covering a tooth that is treated with a root canal.


The procedure of fitting a dental crown 

Dental crowns are made in a dental clinic in Navi Mumbai with the proper tools. 


The first steps are to remove the decay and shape your tooth for a tight fit within the crown. After this first process is finished, your crown's design starts.


A scanning device (a "wand") is used to get digital pictures of your tooth inside your mouth. The computer's software creates a tooth's 3D model from these images. 


The digital design is then transferred to some other in-office machine that carves the crown's shape out of a ceramic block. Using this technique to create a dental crown is called computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). 


In not more than fifteen minutes, the crown is ready to be cemented onto your teeth.


Now that you understand how a dental crown is made let us understand some of the crowns' issues.


What problems can occur with a dental crown? 

tooth sensitivity

There are several issues that you may face with your dental crown as time passes. Like:

  • Sensitivity or discomfort: A newly crowned tooth can get sensitive following the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear out. If your crowned tooth still has a nerve in it, you might face a little heat and cold sensitivity.
  • Chipped crown: Crowns made from all-porcelain can sometimes chip. Tiny chips can be fixed, and the crown can remain within your mouth. However, if the chip is large or several chips, you may have to get the crown changed.
  • Lose crown: The cement that holds the crown on can wash away from under the crown. This makes the crown lose; it makes bacteria leak in and cause decay to your tooth under the crown. If your crown gets loose, consult your dentist in Vashi.
  • Dark line on your crowned tooth next to the gum line: You may find a dark line near the gum line of your crowned tooth. This is common — particularly if you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. The noticeable dark line is the crown's metal.


How long do dental crowns last?

On average, a dental crown stays for five to fifteen years. The crown's durability is based on the "wear and tear" to which it gets exposed. It is also based on how good your mouth-related habits and oral hygiene practices. Such mouth-related habits can involve things like:


  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Chewing ice
  • Biting your fingernails
  • Using your teeth to open the packaging


Does a crowned tooth need any special care?

A crowned tooth does not need any specific care. Yet, the underlying tooth still needs to be protected from gum disease or decay. Due to this, you should go on to follow good oral hygiene practices. 


These practices involve brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once in the day, especially around the crown area where your gum meets your tooth. 


Additionally, avoid biting on hard surfaces with porcelain crowns (for instance, popcorn hulls or chewing ice) to avoid cracking the porcelain.


If you follow few safety instructions, your dental crown will last for a long time and will not provide you any issues.