Dental restorations are prosthetic devices that are built to restore missing teeth and smile aesthetics. Restorations come in fixed and removable forms - crowns, veneers, bridges, and dentures to name a few. Dental crowns are the most popular artificial teeth replacement option used by dentists to help replace missing teeth and restore your smile to the way it was.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic dental restorations. Porcelain crowns are widely used as they help replace teeth the natural way (due to its tooth-colored nature). Crowns look like cap-shaped structures that fit perfectly into the shape of your teeth covering it fully till the gum line. Apart from replacing teeth, crowns help restore shape, appearance, alignment and bite problems.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
Dental crowns come in four types:
These crowns are made of Porcelain material making it blend naturally with the tooth's color. Ceramic crowns are known for its durability.
Porcelain-fused to metal
Crowns that are porcelain-fused to metal have a stronger bond as it's connected to a metal base.
Base metal alloys
Crowns made of alloys have an added benefit as it offers both durability and non-metallic features. These crowns wouldn't need removal of any healthy teeth structure.
Dentists may recommend dental crowns in the following cases:
- To replace large fillings
- Restore a weak or fractured tooth
- To cover dental implants
- To restore discolored or poorly shaped teeth
- To cover teeth that underwent a Root canal procedure
Placing Your Crown
Dental crowns are placed over strong implants to give your mouth a restored set of teeth. Patients opt for porcelain or ceramic crowns as they tend to match the color of your natural teeth.
Although dental restorations can offer you a durable teeth replacement option, it is important to follow regular oral hygiene practices to ensure its longevity. Using fluoride toothpaste and medium bristle toothbrush can certainly help keep them clean and healthy. You may also pay regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and dental checkups to keep your restorations well-maintained.
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