Crown & Bridge Treatment
Crown & Bridge Treatment In Seawoods, Navi Mumbai
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
A dental crown or dental cap is a custom-made restoration that covers a tooth with sustained significant loss of structure. They are analogical to being a thimble capped over your finger. Dental crowns are used to repair and preserve teeth to a certain shape and size. Crowns improve the appearance of the tooth as well as provide strength.
A dental crown is an artificial dental prosthesis or a dental restoration that is placed over a weak and damaged tooth to offer it strength and function.
● The dental crown reinforces the tooth’s structure as well as preserves the aesthetics.
● The crown is placed over an existing tooth that is worked on with the help of dental cement, an adhesive.
Certain cavities are deep and large and make the tooth weak and fragile. Even teeth that are restored by a Root Canal Treatment should be protected by a tooth cap or crown to prevent further damage. A cap acts like a helmet and protects against any further breakage or tooth decay.
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Over the years technology has been able to bring us advanced caps using different materials with durability, aesthetics, and better fits.
Caps are available in different variants depending on the material, durability, and cost.
Caps can be classified as –
● Made from Metals – Metal Caps
● With high strength ceramic – Ceramic Caps
Conventionally metal caps used the same technology as jewellery making, where a tooth-shaped die is made by hand and molten metal is poured into it to give the shape of a cap.
This method is in practice for more than 50 years, but not very promising because of the fit issues, as well as the strength of the material as compared to full ceramic caps.
However, metal caps are still used in India because of the cheaper cost of manufacturing. The quality, cost-effectiveness and durability combined makes it a preferred choice for most patients. However, metal caps come with their own set of problems
Metal caps and their drawbacks
● In case you are a regular non-vegetarian, then metal fused ceramic caps may not be a good choice for you.
● The fit issues with metal caps make it susceptible to food and bacteria accumulation over the years, leading to decay and finally loss of the tooth.
● The metal caps are also painted with ceramic paint to look like a natural tooth. As the paint is very brittle, it tends to break under heavy pressure.
● Even with the coat of ceramic paint, they still do not appear to match the colour of natural teeth and therefore cannot be used on front teeth.
Technological advances in Metal Caps
Technological innovations have enhanced the metal cap making procedure and there are not many problems now with computer-assisted designing and milling.
The newer metal-based caps are made with digital laser sintering and have relatively been able to solve the problems arising from older metal caps. The new caps however offer better fit and durability.
The full ceramic crowns have completely revolutionized the way teeth look and perform in the mouth, after capping. As they are made up of material like natural teeth, they are gum-friendly and more adaptable to the body. The similarity is such that even patients forget which tooth was capped.
Full ceramic caps are made with a computer-assisted designing and milling process that ensures a precise fit, customized shape and size to suit the patient’s mouth perfectly.
Full ceramic crowns are made of a single block of high strength ceramic. These are strong and can withstand the high pressure of all types of food on the tooth.
These caps come in different varieties based on strength and appearance. Nevertheless, whichever option you choose, the fit and function are close to a natural tooth.
Full ceramic crowns are much sought-after treatment, to beautify one’s smile. As these crowns appear very natural, they are the best choice for front teeth that are discoloured or crooked. The natural appearance of these caps will not make anyone realise that these are artificial caps and enhance your smile to a radiant one.
If you want to keep the durability of metal as well as the aesthetic quality of natural teeth then, Porcelain fused to metal is the ideal solution. These metal crowns have an outer layer made of porcelain that matches the colour of your teeth, making them look natural and white.
These are the new-age crowns that are durable, strong, and have superior aesthetics. They are biocompatible and therefore the best dental crowns to be used on your front and back teeth.
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WHEN DO YOU NEED A DENTAL CROWN?
Dental crowns or caps are protective coverings on fractured or missing teeth to enhance the life of the tooth, as well as to maintain the aesthetic appeal.
Dental crowns not only strengthen the weak tooth but also give a form, shape to the tooth as well as improves appearance.
If your dentist has advised you on getting a crown for your tooth, there are chances that your tooth is already very weak and needs to be restored as soon as possible or to leave it to be extracted. The affected teeth without the dental crown can also damage the adjacent teeth.
Dental crowns are not only used for restorative purpose but –
● Restore a tooth fractured due to an accident or trauma
● For enhancing the appearance of a discoloured tooth
● To restore the structure of a broken or fractured tooth
● As a bridge when a missing tooth or teeth are to be replaced.
● As a covering on implants over missing teeth.
● In the case of a tooth with a large cavity and filling.
● For enhancing the smile and whiteness of the teeth.
Dental crowns are also used in children with –
● Poor dental hygiene, making them susceptible to tooth decays.
● Restore a poorly decayed tooth.
● Children who cannot be given frequent anaesthesia and must undergo frequent dental treatments.
MYTHS ABOUT DENTAL CROWNS
● Dental crowns look unnatural
The latest technology in dental crowns has presented us with various options and materials that are look-alike of natural teeth. So, it is a misconception that dental crowns do not look normal. Different materials can be used for front and back teeth for their cost-effectiveness and aesthetics.
● Crowns last forever
Crowns are stronger and last long depending on the care and maintenance you are putting at it. One cannot give a lifetime warranty to crowns. However, for preserving your crowns for a longer period you should involve in a regular check at your dentist.
● Food & beverage can cause stains on crowns
The crowns are made from porcelain and ceramic and therefore they do not stain. Therefore, eating certain foods that can stain your crown is a myth.
● Only used for restorative dentistry
The application of crowns is not just restricted to restorative dentistry that is root canal, chipped or broken tooth. Crowns are also used in aesthetically enhancing smiles through cosmetic dentistry for beautiful smiles and white teeth.
● Dental crowns do not break or chip
Porcelain and ceramic crowns are extremely hard and durable but can break in case you have eaten something extremely hard or faced an accident or trauma.
● You cannot get a cavity with crown
Crowns are artificial and cannot decay. But the tooth they are covering underneath is real and can decay if dental hygiene is not maintained.
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PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR DENTAL CROWNS AND CAPS
● Make sure you brush your teeth and rinse them with warm salt water before your appointment.
● It is advisable to avoid smoking/eating paan/chewing tobacco or having alcohol before treatment as it may react with local anaesthesia or other medications.
● The dentist might make use of local anaesthesia to make your treatment painless.
● You should eat a proper meal before the appointment as post-procedure you might have difficulty with chewing because of anaesthesia.
● You should inform the doctor’s team in advance in case you are allergic to anaesthesia or any drugs.
● In case you are taking any medications for an illness, it should be conveyed to the doctor’s team in advance.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR PUTTING A DENTAL CROWN?
The process of getting a dental crown is a lengthy one and might take a couple of sittings.
Evaluation and planning
● The dentist would first evaluate your tooth and the extent of work to be done.
● An X-ray is taken to have a better evaluation.
● In severe cases of damage and decay, a root canal treatment is recommended, which is followed by the placement of the crown.
● If the root canal is already being done, the crown can be directly placed after taking tooth impressions.
Fixing Temporary Crown
● The tooth is prepared for the crown by shaping it along the surfaces.
● The tooth impressions are taken with putty material or a digital scanner. These impressions are sent to the lab for dental crown fabrication. A record of the bite record of upper and lower teeth is also taken.
● Another impression of the tooth is taken for preparing the temporary crown, which is prepared in the dental clinic.
● This temporary crown is polished, finished and put on using a temporary dental adhesive.
Permanent Dental Crown & Fitting
● The dentist lets a couple of days pass between the temporary and permanent fittings. It is usually a couple of days to a week.
● During this visit, the dentist will remove your temporary crown and clean the tooth surface.
● The final crown is now put and checked for fitting, bite, margins, and aesthetics. The required adjustments are made.
● In case of any changes required, the dental crown is sent back to the lab for finer touches.
● If no changes are required, the final crown is now fixed with a permanent dental adhesive.
Your dentist will give you a list of instructions, to take care of your dental caps so they last longer. We are the best dental clinic near Nerul and can guide you with your crown treatment.
POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS & HOME CARE FOR CROWNS AND INLAYS/ ONLAYS
1. All caps and inlays/onlays at our centre are made with utmost precision and are of the assured highest quality. Under ideal conditions, these are made to serve for many years, but any branch of medicine including dental sciences is not an exacting profession. So, one must maintain oral hygiene and follow these instructions to gain maximum benefits of this high-quality restoration in your mouth so that you enjoy your favourite foods.
2. Post-procedure let the anaesthesia wear off. Wait till at least three hours before eating anything. Avoid drinking hot or cold stuff until the anaesthesia has worn off.
3. Ensure not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue till your anaesthesia wears off.
4. Avoid rinsing your mouth for at least half an hour post-treatment.
5. Avoid chewing from the side your crown is cemented at least for a day.
6. A day after the treatment, you can start chewing soft food from the side where the crown is, and within two days gradually progress to having all kinds of food.
7. If you feel discomfort while eating and the bite feels high or heavy, please report to the clinic to get it adjusted.
8. You might experience slight sensitivity and soreness in the gums which is normal and will subside in a few days. For soreness apply Rexidin M Forte gel thrice daily for five days, after food.
9. You might feel slight pain on biting for a few days, this usually subsides in a week.
10. Ensure not to chew on excessively hard and sticky food as these forces might fracture the crown.
11. Avoid using pins, toothpicks on your capped tooth.
12. Avoid grinding or clenching. If you have a habit of clenching/ bruxism/night grinding, kindly talk to your dentist about it.
13. Brushing and flossing should be done regularly and use an interdental brush or water flosser to avoid food getting stuck between the teeth.
DO’S AND DON’TS WITH DENTAL CROWNS
● As your original tooth still rests beneath the crown, you must maintain good oral hygiene even after the crown is placed.
● If you are in the habit of clenching your teeth, use mouthguards to decrease the pressure on the crown, to prevent its early wear down.
● Get crowns implanted by an experienced implants specialist, as a wrongly done procedure can cause discomfort and pain, as well as reduce the longevity of the crown.
● It is mandatory to visit your dentist every six months to ensure you are taking good care of your teeth and oral health.
● Use your teeth as tools. Avoid causing any pressure that might damage the crown.
● Avoid biting your nails or chewing pencils.
● Avoid chewing ice or hard candy.
● Do not eat sticky food.
● Avoid consuming too hot or too cold food as this might cause sensitivity.
POLICY FOR REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENT ON CROWNS
● We do not charge for the cost of the cap while replacing or repairing it for the first year of service. We only charge reasonably for the consumables and the professional fees.
● Warranties if any are provided by the manufacturer.
● Report to the clinic in case of severe pain, sensitivity, or if food is getting stuck in between two teeth.
● If the crown comes out any time in the future, please report to the dentist within a day for cementing the crown back. If delayed, the crown might not fit on the tooth.
● Follow-up every four months, for polishing of the fillings, adjusting occlusion (bite), minor repairs if required, and for a routine full mouth examination.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is one method to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). A dental bridge or pontic is a custom-made false tooth or teeth that are permanently placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the space to be filled.
1. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental bridge
2. All-porcelain dental bridge
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR DENTAL CROWNS
1.What is the cost of dental crowns?
The cost of dental crowns depends on the material you are choosing. Dental Crowns may be more expensive than fillings.
The dental crown cost would differ from a case-to-case basis as the fit, material and choices differ. At the Ivory Dental Clinic, we offer high-quality dental crowns of different types, suiting your likes and budget.
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2.How long does a dental crown last?
Dental crowns largely last a good 5-15 years depending on case-to-case dental hygiene, as well as the material used.
3.Do dental crowns hurt?
Dental crowns are artificial covers and getting used to them might take some time. The procedure of putting crowns does not hurt as anaesthesia is administered. However, there is soreness and sensitivity one must deal with, which goes away with time.
4.Does one need a dental crown after RCT?
Root Canal Treatment is a thorough cleaning of the infected pulp inside the tooth. Therefore, to provide strength to the tooth, a crown is a must in any root canal treatment.
5.What does one need to care about for temporary crowns?
Temporary crowns are used for a shorter period as your permanent crown is prepared in the lab. The temporary crown is not strong and therefore needs to be taken care of.
6.How long does a tooth crown treatment take?
The entire procedure of evaluating your teeth to fix the final crown would take anything between one to two weeks and would involve two to three sittings.
7. How is the look and feel of your dental crown?
The dental crowns are made to fit as per individual specifications and therefore taking into consideration the shade, form, and shape of the tooth.
There is a slight soreness and discomfort initially and it will wane off in a couple of days.
8.Caring for your dental crown
Dental crowns need more care as they are not your natural teeth. There is certainly going to be wear and tear with time, but with good oral care, the crown can last longer. The crown can be subjected to the same dental care as your natural teeth, that is including brushing and flossing as a routine. Avoid sticky and chewy food that might get lodged on the teeth. Avoid having extremely hard food too.
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