What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns or teeth crowns are one of the commonly advised dental procedures for severely declined teeth. Commonly known as a cap, the crown is a tooth-shaped cover, which is placed over the damaged tooth. The procedure is referred to as dental crown procedure.
Why is it necessary?
The teeth are an essential part of our digestive system, which helps grind the food we eat. Teeth decay affects the strength of the teeth, and necessitates procedures such as fillings or teeth crowns, to strengthen the affected teeth.
What are the types of crowns?
Teeth caps are available in different forms and are generally formed in the dental lab, according to the tooth shape and size. These are made from different materials such as metals (gold, nickel, or chromium), resins and porcelain (often referred to as ceramic dental crowns). While metallic ones require less tooth trimming for the crown placement, they may not be suitable for the front teeth because of their metallic appearance. Porcelain ones on the other hand, can be matched to your teeth color, and are hence preferred over the metal caps.
What is tooth trimming?
Talking about tooth trimming, it is one of the most essential steps of the dental crown procedure. This involves reducing the width and height of the tooth that is selected to receive the dental cap.
What is the procedure?
During the crown procedure, the dentist trims your teeth using a drill. This may be done under local anesthesia, if you feel any pain or sensitivity during the procedure. The next part of the procedure is taking an impression of the trimmed tooth. A cast or a plaster model of the impression is then prepared and sent to the lab for forming the teeth cap. Once ready, the dentist fixes it with a special cement to ensure that it remains fixed.
How many days does it take?
Dental crown procedures often require 2 to 5 sittings, based on the amount of tooth destruction.
How much does it cost?
The cost of teeth crowns are mainly based on the type of the material and the number of units required. The cost may also vary in different regions.
How long does it last?
Once placed, the dental crowns may last for six months to 15 years based on the type of material used. Along with restoring the affected teeth, they can also be used to replace missing teeth. These are then referred to as a bridge.
The dental crowns have theseby become an essential part of the teeth saving procedures commonly followed by dentists all over the world.
Metallic dental braces are increasingly becoming a relic of the past and few would be saddened by their demise, especially those who suffered from bullying during their school years due to their use. New cosmetic dental procedures are slowly coming to the fore and taking their place. These include the ever popular but expensive invisible braces and the new 6 month smiles procedure which has become very popular in the United States and is increasingly seen in the UK and other western countries. This new system is a combination of traditional braces and new technology and materials. The old metal train tracks have been replaced by a tooth colored material and the wiring is almost invisible, making them a much improved version of dental braces that are used to straighten a person's teeth.
Although the 6 month smiles procedure is not as discreet as invisible braces, it is believed to be a significantly faster process; some claim around 25% of the time that invisible braces take, and at around half of the price this makes it a popular compromise.
At the initial consultation, impressions are taken of your teeth and approximately three weeks later, the treatment should be available to you.
Although each patient is different, it is not usual for any extra treatments such as bonding or veneers to be needed in conjuction with the six month smiles procedure.
After the name, the six months reflects not to an exact period of time that the procedure takes to complete, but an average time. For those with only minor issues, the period may be worse, while for those with very crooked and uneven teeth, it may be significantly longer. This will vary from person to person. The key factor is that they should not be removed until they have done their work correctly.
Although the treatment is not entirely effective at correcting underbites or overbites, it can be used to significantly improve these and make alignment much better, making eating and chewing more efficient.
As this is a cosmetic treatment, it is highly unquestionably to be offered on the National Health Service if you live in the UK, and would only be so in extremely rare cases. This is usually done privately and can be moderately expensive. Dental insurance plans may cover this treatment so if you are considering it, you should contact your insurance company to make sure that this is the case.[Top]