Dental Crowns

The first time your dentist suggest you get a crown, you feel less like a majesty and a little confused what the dentist is actually talking about.

A crown is a cap that is fit over your tooth and covers it entirely. Other methods that are similar are the onlay and the 3/4 crown which do not cover the whole tooth. A crown gives your tooth more strength and can improve your appearance by covering formery toothless spaces.

A dentist will recommend a crown in the following situations:

   1. To protect a weak/decayed  tooth from breaking 
   2. To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
   3. To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
   4. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
   5. To hold a dental bridge in place
   6. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
   7. To cover a dental implant

The materials used for crowns are the same as those for fillings, inlays, onlays and denture. This means
that a patient has the choice between metals (in particular gold), procelain, all resin, all ceramic or all

The advantage of metal is that less tooth has to be removed and that this type of crown probably lasts longest and
 rarely chips or breaks. However, metal crowns do not look as nice a the other materials that are white and
look like your other teeth.

All-resin crowns are less expensive (plastic instead of gold) but wear down over time. Porcelain crowns are
fused to metal and are more resilient than resin based crowns.

The medical business constantly advances in these areas so that it is a good idea to ask your dentist about the
latest developments in this area.

Crowns are cast in a laboratory which means at your first visit your dentist will clean your tooth, make an imprint
(which will serve the dental lab to cast the crown) and will insert a temporary crown. During all this time your dentist
will give you a local anaesthesia so that you do not feel any pain. With your temporary crown you should avoid sticky
food or chewing too hard, since it is not made of the most durable material and it also is not glued into your tooth
for eternity. Normally after two week it comes out.

At your second visit your dentist will remove the temporary crown, check for bacteria and then insert the new crown.
Often it is not necessary to numb you again, but for the dentist it is easier to have a patient who does not fuss and
who already underwent the anaestesia once without any problems. 

A crown costs between $ 500 and $ 900 and can last up to 20 years if you take good care of your teeth.

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