Dental Crowns

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Uğur Tosun

General Surgeon
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Türkoğlu

General Surgery

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Dental Crown

Dental crowns typically last between 5 to 15 years, but they can last much longer with proper care. The lifespan depends on the material, the wear and tear the crown is exposed to, and your oral hygiene practices. Regular dental visits are crucial for monitoring and maintaining your crowns.

Yes, a tooth with a crown can still get a cavity, particularly at the gum line where the crown meets the tooth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to preventing decay. Brushing around the crown and flossing at the gum line are especially important to keep your crowned tooth cavity-free.

While dental crowns don’t require special care, certain precautions can help extend their life. Avoid chewing hard foods and ice, use a night guard if you grind your teeth, and maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Regular dental check-ups are essential for ensuring the health of your crowned tooth and surrounding gums.

Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal alloys, composite resin, or a combination of materials. The choice depends on the tooth’s location, the patient’s preference, and the dental health professional’s recommendation.

Dental crowns restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a damaged tooth. They can protect a weak tooth from breaking, restore a broken tooth, cover and support a tooth with a large filling, hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, and cover a dental implant.

Temporary dental crowns are made in your dentist’s office and used as a temporary restoration until the permanent crown is manufactured in the dental laboratory. Permanent crowns are custom-made in a lab to fit your tooth precisely and are made from the material selected during your consultation.

Yes, in addition to restoring the function of a tooth, dental crowns can significantly improve the appearance of teeth. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, making them a popular choice for cosmetic enhancement.

The process typically involves two visits: during the first visit, the tooth is examined, prepared, and an impression is made; a temporary crown may be placed. The second visit involves fitting and adjusting the permanent crown before cementing it in place.

Dental crowns are designed to feel, look, and function like natural teeth. While it may take a short period to adjust to the feel of the crown, they should not cause significant discomfort or affect how you chew or speak.

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel pain during the preparation and placement of the crown. Some sensitivity or discomfort may be experienced after the anesthesia wears off, but this is typically mild and temporary.

The choice of dental crown material depends on various factors, including the tooth’s location, the color of surrounding teeth, the amount of natural tooth remaining, and the patient’s bite and chewing force. Your dentist will recommend the best option based on your specific needs and preferences.

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