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Dental Crowns are mainly used to cover and protect damaged, root filled or decayed teeth to their former glory. They achieve that by restoring the tooth's shape and size, strength and improve its appearance. Crowns cover the entire outer surface of your prepared tooth or dental implant and are often referred to as caps. In addition to their protective function crowns may be used for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth or ones with large old fashioned fillings on show.

Dental Bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be fixed in place with a special cement. People who get a crown or bridge to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.

Did you know...

the first civilisation to use dental crowns were the Etruscans. They made crowns from ivory, bone and even human teeth; eventually, they began to use gold.

This practice persisted into the 19th century period when the first porcelain crowns appeared on the scene. Improvement came in the 1950s, with the development of the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, which combines the durability of metal with the discreet appearance of porcelain. Later, a major breakthrough with all-ceramic crowns, the closest equivalent to natural teeth with unparalleled aesthetic results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a Dental Crown needed?

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshapen or severely discoloured teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

How should I care for my temporary Dental Crown?

Because temporary dental crowns are just that - a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready - most dentists suggest that a few precautions. These include:

  • Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
  • Minimise use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.
  • Slide flossing material out-rather than lifting out-when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss out, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown.

Does a Crowned Tooth require special care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day - especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Antibacterial mouth rinse can also help.

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