If you’ve ever gone through tooth damage owing to a fracture, a deep cavity or even want to prevent a worn tooth from further breakdown, a crown is the ideal way to restore the function of your tooth and to protect it completely! A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth, much like a cover, placed over your tooth or on a dental implant.
Not all teeth need the protection and shielding from a dental crown, but in some cases, it may be necessary for restoring that beautiful smile! Let’s talk about when and why you could need one:
A tooth with a large restoration: There are many times when tooth decay has progressed extensively, rendering your tooth weak and leaving insufficient structure to maintain the integrity of the filling. This makes it necessary to crown the tooth to prevent dislodging of the filling and reinforcing the tooth structure.
Root Canal Treated tooth: An RCT (root canal treatment) is the treatment of choice for teeth with an infection that has reached the pulp (nerves and vessels in the tooth) or in case a tooth is being included in a dental bridge plan as the supporting tooth (known as an elective RCT). In such a case, a tooth, without its vital nerves and vessels, becomes weak and prone to fracture, making it absolutely necessary for a crown to be placed on it.
Broken tooth: Quite often does it happen that we fall off and break a tooth or multiple teeth, especially during childhood. A crown is placed to restore not only the esthetics but also the function of your tooth and protect it from further damage.
Missing tooth: A missing tooth can be replaced with a crown placed on top of a dental implant, where the implant functions as the anchor, just like a natural tooth’s root.
Crooked or Mal-aligned teeth: Even though Orthodontic treatment i.e. alignment of teeth achieved with fixed/removable braces is the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, in conditions where there is moderate mal-alignment or where orthodontic treatment is not a feasible option, a crown or a set of crowns can be used to achieve a cosmetic smile, albeit an invasive option.
Crowns for Children: There are specific cases where placing crowns in children becomes a necessity.
One such case is for children with hereditary dental malformations like Incisor-Molar Hypoplasia, where the molars (most posterior teeth) and incisors (front teeth) are naturally more susceptible to tooth decay and fracture. In this case a stainless-steel crown for the molars is advised to protect the tooth until your child reaches complete growth, after which a more definitive treatment can be planned. Another instance of a case where children might need a crown would be tooth decay too extensive to be treated with a filling, hence is covered with a stainless- steel crown.
Depending on the treatment planned for your particular dental needs and desire, the process of crown placement itself usually only requires two visits.
During your first visit, our specialist team of dentists carry out an assessment of the tooth and advise treatments accordingly, such as a root canal treatment. This is followed by a cutting of the tooth structure to make space for the crown that is to be placed and then an impression is taken to replicate your tooth and for the crown to be fabricated by our professional dental lab partners.
A temporary crown is placed on your tooth for the duration of the fabrication process of your permanent crown. This is only to protect and serve for esthetics for a short time until your crown has been fabricated which may take a few days.
Once the crown arrives from the lab, we check its final fit and make basic adjustments to it for your bite. Once you are happy with the look and feel of your new tooth, final cementation of the crown is done. The whole process can take about half an hour and you’re good to go with a brand new tooth!
Maintenance of your crown is the same as with your natural teeth, brush twice daily, floss regularly and use mouthwash!
There are some manageable problems that you may have with your old crown, but at Wyndham Dental Solutions, we always have a solution for you!
Crowns are a relatively moderate investment in restoring a damaged or weakened tooth, in comparison to a dental bridge or even an implant. The consequences of not getting a crown when needed may result in an even more expensive outcome! Here’s why:
A tooth with weakened structure: Due to reasons mentioned, your tooth may eventually be damaged to the extent that it is rendered non-restorable. You could end up needing to extract it, leading to higher investment in replacing the lost tooth through an implant or a dental bridge, the latter of which is essentially three crowns used to replace one tooth, thus thrice the cost of a crown!
In case of a missing tooth: If not replaced in time, this can result in tilting of adjacent teeth and causes a large, triangular spacing between those teeth, wherein no artificial tooth or implant can be placed due to the lost space. It also causes the opposing tooth to gradually move out of its socket when not in the bite with the opposite jaw, resulting in loss of gum and bone support for the tooth. This entire occlusal or ‘bite’ imbalance in the otherwise healthy dentition can have negative effects on the overall health of your gums and jaw bone, thereby increasing your eventual treatment cost.
So if your tooth is in trouble, come see us at Wyndham Dental Solutions, to allow us to find the best dental solution for you!