Dental implants, also commonly known as crowns or caps are hollow restorative medical oral health devices, designed and intended to recreate the shape of natural teeth. Keep reading to learn the answer to five frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restorative medical oral health device, made out of a hollow shape designed and intended to recreate the shape of natural teeth. Several types of dental crowns are used to correct common dental problems in patients of all ages. A crown is placed over the entire surface of the tooth to provide a strong and reliable chewing surface, while also restoring the normal appearance of a discolored tooth
What materials are used to make dental crowns?
There are a myriad of materials and types of dental crowns. They can be made from gold and its alloys, porcelain, zirconia, composite resin, and combinations of porcelains with fused metal bases.
What’s involved in crown placement?
When a crown is placed, it is required a minimum of two consultations, albeit some clinicians can put a crown the same day.
This procedure requires anesthetizing of the surrounding area so the dentist can shape the surfaces of the tooth, in order to allow space for a new crown. The coloring of the tooth is also fundamental, and several teeth are compared with color charts so they match with the rest.
If an impression is taken to ensure the crown’s proper fit and bite, a laboratory does a final work on the crown, ships it to the dentist, and then it is placed by cementing it over the natural tooth.
How long will a dental crown last?
With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, crowns will last up to twenty years.
How do I take care of my crown?
Dental implants are kept clean just like your natural teeth. So daily brushing and flossing are very important to maintain your gum health.