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Dental Crowns: An Overview
As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive dental care, Springville Dentistry proudly offers dental crowns as a solution for many oral health issues.
When Do You Need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, or ‘caps’ as they are sometimes referred to, play an indispensable role in restorative dentistry. They are often recommended by dental practitioners to preserve natural tooth structure in cases where a tooth is compromised from wear, breakage, or substantial chipping that precludes the effective use of fillings.
Crowns are frequently part of a full-mouth dental strategy and can be combined with dental bridges and implants. Dental crowns offer many benefits that address many dental conditions and patient needs.
Benefits Of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are valuable for functionally repairing teeth and excel aesthetically for a more natural-looking solution.
Crowns are made from tough materials like porcelain, ceramic, or resin. These ‘caps’ closely mimic natural teeth’ appearance, function, form, and color.
Aside from their essential role of safeguarding the existing tooth, they also confer several other advantages, including:
They contribute to a complete, healthy-looking smile, which many times boosts a patient’s self-confidence. In addition, the process of fitting a dental crown is designed to be efficient and comfortable for the patient.
How Dental Crowns Work
Here is a more concise list of the steps:
- The dentist takes a digital scan of your tooth via X-rays
- You receive anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
- The tooth is filed down (or built-up) to make room for the crown.
- Using putty, the dentist makes an impression of your tooth.
- The impression goes to a dental lab for manufacturing.
- You receive a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
- Once the permanent crown is ready, you visit the office again to remove your temporary crown and place your permanent one.
- You’re done!
Frequently asked questions about dental crowns
However, like all dental procedures, dental crowns have some items that need to be understood. Some potential downsides of crowns include discomfort or sensitivity post-procedure, the possibility of crown loosening or falling off, chipping the crown, or allergic reactions to the materials used.
Q: What potential challenges might I face after getting dental crowns?
A: While dental crowns offer numerous benefits, some patients might experience discomfort or sensitivity following the procedure. There is also a slight chance of the crown loosening or falling off over time or experiencing minor chipping. Allergic reactions to crown materials, although rare, are another potential concern.
Q: What is the statistical rate of failure for dental crowns?
A: Dental crowns generally demonstrate a high success rate. While individual experiences may vary, studies indicate an overall failure rate of about 6% after 10 years and 10% after 15 years, making them a reliable restorative option.
Q: How long can I expect a dental crown to last?
A: The longevity of a dental crown depends on several factors, including oral hygiene practices, crown material, and the dentist’s expertise. On average, a crown can be expected to last between 5 and 15 years. However, with proper care and regular check-ups, it’s not uncommon for a crown to last up to 25-30 years.
Q: What is the general success rate of dental crowns?
A: Dental crowns boast a high success rate. Statistics demonstrate an approximate success rate of 94% after 10 years and 90% after 15 years. Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that each case is unique, and individual results may vary.
So, while dental crowns have some potential downsides or risks, their benefits, success rate, and durability make them a very safe and effective option for many dental restoration situations.
At Springville Dentistry, we strive to ensure that each dental crown we recommend and fit contributes to our patients’ long-term oral health and happiness.
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