When do I need a crown? About zirconium crowns
Nowadays there are a lot of people who have dental crowns and you do not even notice.
A dental crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can be used to attach bridges, to protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.
A dental crown may also be needed to cover a dental implant, to make a cosmetic modification or to cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
Reading this article you will get some useful information related to dental crowns. You will also get familiarized with what you need to do in order to keep your crowns healthy.
First of all you must know that crowns can be made from stainless steel, metal (such as gold alloy or other alloys: palladium), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic or zirconium. Let’s explain a little what having a zirconium crown means.
Zirconium is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns because of its multiple advantages.
There are many patients for whom zirconia restorations appear to be an ideal choice. Patients who will not accept metal in their mouths are the perfect candidates and patient with soft-tissue sensitivity to metals are another potential group. We can add here patients who want reasonable strength and who will be satisfied with an excellent esthetic result.
Taking into consideration that many patients want to have nonmetal crowns in their mouth, zirconia restorations are the best solution for everyone.
These restorations are beautiful and strong. The strength of zirconium is extremely impressive. It is more than 10 times stronger than human enamel.
Moreover, zirconium crowns are long-term restorations. If you do the cleaning twice a year in a dental office, if you floss and brush your teeth twice a day, if you rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day, the crowns are granted for a respectable period of years. In order to keep them for such a long period of time, you must avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails or using your teeth to open packaging. If you notice you are a grinder, visit your dentist as soon as possible. He will recommend you to wear a night guard.
More advantages for zirconium crowns
They are translucent enough to be similar to natural teeth, they have no metal fuse, they are modifiable in size, shape and colour, these type of crowns need less tooth structure removal. But the major advantage is that zirconium crowns will look natural. This is important especially if it will be placed at the front teeth. Nobody will notice that you have a crown.
Zirconium is also a biocompatible material. This means that is safe to stay within your mouth for a long time. There is no need to worry about any adverse reactions from your body because it is not rejected by the human body.
Preparing a tooth for a crown
Usually involves two visits to the dentist: the first step is examining and preparing the tooth and the second is the placement of the permanent crown.
At your first visit, your dentist may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and the surrounding bone. If the tooth has huge decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth‘s pulp, a root canal treatment may be done first. After working on the tooth which requires this type of restoration, a paste will be used to make an impression of it. The impressions are sent to a lab where the crown will be manufactured. Your permanent crown will arrive in 2 weeks. Until then, your dentist will give you a temporary crown in order to cover and protect the tooth.
At your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and the permanent crown will be cemented in your mouth. And that is it.
There are some recommendations while having the temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky foods and hard foods;
- Use more the other side of your mouth (the one which has not a temporary crown);
- Do not floss or floss gently.
After receiving your permanent crown, respect your oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for your professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Remember that simply because a tooth is crowned, that does not mean the tooth is protected for cavity or gum disease. So you must pay attention.
Dr Arhiri advises you to take care of your teeth in order to avoid dental problems. If you notice changes in your mouth, if you have tooth pain or if you realize there is something wrong with your mouth or teeth, make an appointment to your dentist. It is better to prevent than to treat. But keep in mind that there is a solution for every health or dental problem. And sometimes crowns are the best solutions for your dental issues. If you have questions, contact Premier Smiles team in order to set up an appointment with Dr Arhiri, 610-647-7611. Currently Dr Arhiri treat patients that leave in Berwyn, Paoli, West Chester, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Malvern, Chester Brook, Norristown, Ardmore.