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Dental crowns: When to get them?

Sep 01, 2019

A set of healthy teeth is key to having a beautiful smile that we all covet. A dental crown is one of the ways to achieve this desirable result. It refers to a tooth-shaped cap that is placed on top of a tooth to help the tooth to retain its shape and size. This aids in increasing the strength and appearance of the teeth.

The dental crowns are fit into its place with the help of permanent dental glue which is made of powdered glass and synthetic resins. Also called dental cement, they are used for other purposes like attaching braces to teeth. They are sometimes activated with the help of ultraviolet light. Permanent dental glue stays intact by creating a chemical bond.
The crown fully encases the visible portion of the teeth that lies above the gum line, when it is cemented into place.

Need for a Dental Crown: When and Why?

It is for the following reasons that a dental crown may be needed:

  • For the restoration of a broken tooth or a severely worn out tooth.
  • For the protection of a weak tooth to prevent it from breaking or to keep together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To support and cover a tooth with a large filling when the negligible amount of teeth is left.
  • To hold a dental bridge in place.
  • To hide a crooked or majorly discoloured teeth.
  • To cover a dental implant.
  • For cosmetic modification.

A dental crown may also be used in special cases like in the case of children on their primary teeth for following reasons:

  • To redeem a tooth that has been damaged to the extent that it cannot support a filling
  • To protect the teeth of a child who has difficulty in maintaining daily oral hygiene and is therefore at risk.
  • To reduce the frequency of providing general anaesthesia to children who because of their age, medical history and behaviour are unable to keep up with t dental care.

Types of dental crowns

A permanent crown can be made from several types of metals including stainless steel, gold or an alloy, porcelain infused to metal, all-ceramic and all resin.

  • Stainless steel- These crowns are prefabricated crowns that are mostly used on permanent teeth, temporarily. The crown is made from another material when the temporary crown protects the filling. This protects the tooth from further decay by covering it completely. The stainless steel crowns are mostly used for children and their benefit lies in the fact that they do not require multiple doctor visits and are more cost- effective than the custom made crowns.
  • Metals used in crowns include the alloys that have a high content of platinum or gold, or base-metal alloys (for example chromium, cobalt). These crowns are strong and can easily withstand chewing and biting forces. Therefore, are long- lasting and do no easily wear down.
  • Porcelain infused metal- These dental crowns can be easily matched to the colour of the adjacent teeth which is not possible in metal or resin teeth. However, these crowns wear down easily.
  • All-resin- The selling point of these crowns is that it is less expensive than the other crowns but they wear down easily and are prone to fractures.
  • Temporary versus permanent- While temporary dental crowns can be made in a dental clinic, permanent dental crowns are made in dental laboratories.

Dentists for Dental crowns

Dentists in Providence, RI emphasize on prevention along with personalized attention. They offer a set of dental services to people of all age. Dentists in Providence, RI have been extensively trained to provide services like restoration, dentures, dental crowns, extractions, bridges. They are dedicated to helping the patients to sustain a healthy smile throughout their lives.

The dental clinics have paraphernalia necessary for dental crowns to provide a quality service. They not only install the crown but also help us in protecting them and suggesting ways to inculcate healthy dental habits.

The dentists are friendly and well equipped to understand the need of their patients. The combination of the latest dental technologies and compassionate and professional staff makes it the number one choice and a one-stop solution for all your dental problems. Schedule an appointment with Drs Rubinstein & Ducoff to get a dental crown.

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