One of the main risks you may have is to lose one of your teeth for good, but a dental crown is one of the best options for you to keep them.
Find out what it is, when you need it and what are its advantages and disadvantages in this post.
What is a dental crown?
The dental crown is a dental prosthesis made to measure for each specific patient. They are like small caps that allow us to completely cover a tooth that has suffered damage for various reasons.
This type of dental prosthesis is of very good quality, since they perfectly imitate natural teeth.
Dental crowns are placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its shape, strength, size and improve its appearance.
They can last more than 25 years, being the ideal estimated time for them to be kept in good condition from 15 to 20 years.
Although, as always, it will depend on the dental care you maintain and good oral hygiene. It may also depend on your occlusion or bite, since if your teeth are misaligned, the risk of the prosthesis fracturing or damaging over time is higher.
When is a dental crown necessary?
Some of the main indications that exist for placing a crown are:
– The tooth has too large a cavity for a filling.
– The tooth is worn, weakened or cracked.
– The tooth exposed to endodontic treatment increasing its fragility.
– The tooth is poorly formed or discolored and you want to improve its appearance.
And, for a better understanding, let’s take a closer look at some of the cases in which it is necessary to place a dental crown.
Strengthening a decayed tooth
We recently talked about dental wear and how to prevent it. This is one of the reasons that may lead to the need for a dental prosthesis.
For dental health reasons, it is advisable to reinforce a tooth whose visible part is clearly deteriorated, since, if the case worsens, it may even affect the tooth structure.
It is necessary to reinforce a tooth that has suffered severe trauma, has lost a lot of surface area due to a filling or if it has undergone a root canal.
When a patient loses a tooth, it is advisable to undergo surgery to place an implant. A missing tooth can wreak havoc on oral health and is not merely an esthetic problem.
The dental crown will be placed on the dental implant, which will be fixed by means of a screw.
For aesthetic reasons
It is also possible that a patient may want to wear a crown to modify some esthetic aspect of his or her teeth.
A dental cap can obviously change the design of your smile if the shape, color or position of your teeth is not what you like best.
And, depending on the case, the specialist may recommend the use of dental veneers, which also serve to modify the appearance of our teeth.
Advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns
As we mentioned at the beginning, dental crowns are a good option because they are durable, lasting up to 20 years if we treat them well and take good care of them.
It is also a treatment that has a high success rate over other dental restorative methods .
However, it also has some disadvantages, such as the need to grind the tooth in the correct way in order to place it, which is an irreversible procedure.
Some discomfort may also be experienced after the procedure, especially tooth sensitivity.
Do you need a dental health check-up?
In Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we care about your dental health, so we advise you properly to treat your specific case.
As we always say, each one of us is different, and so is our case. For this reason, personalized and attentive service is our daily routine.
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