Tooth bridges and dental crowns are prosthetic devices, which are cemented onto natural teeth or artificial implants. They cannot be removed by an individual unlike dentures; only a dentist can remove them. A dental crown is meant to entirely cap or cover a damaged tooth. Along with providing strength to a damaged tooth, the dental crown is used for enhancing the appearance, alignment, or shape of the tooth. It is also positioned over an implant in order to provide the tooth- like structure of shape for function. Dental crowns are often made of ceramic or porcelain according to the color of natural teeth of the patient.
Some people also get the crown made of metal alloys, gold, ceramic, or acrylic. The alloys are usually sturdier than porcelain and are suggested by the dentists for back teeth. The crown made of porcelain connected to the metal shell is also used because of its attractiveness and strength. Dreamworks Dental Laboratory can provide you great options for dental crowns.
When is a dental crown recommended?
A dental crown is recommended to:
- Prevent fracture to a weak tooth
- Replace a huge filling if the tooth is completely vanished or damaged
- Repair a fractured tooth
- Cover the dental implant
- Attach the bridge
- Cover the poorly shaped or discoloured tooth
- Cover the tooth, which has under gone a root canal treatment
Warning about lead in dental crowns
Lead is obviously not good for human health. Some forms of older dental crowns may have lead in their base, which may leak into the bloodstream by means of porous dentin, which is used to place the crown. You can know if you have a PFM crown or Porcelain Fused to Metal crown by noticing the shady metal line close to your gum. You can ask your dentist if your dental crowns were outsourced from China or made in a good dental laboratory such as Dreamworks Dental Laboratory. You can also get it in writing from your dentist about your dental crown not containing lead prior to getting the procedure done.
Lead crowns are a really old thing in dentistry now; the modern crowns are made of pure, strong, and white material. Some dental labs even make the dental crowns right there in the lab when you go for treatment.
Substitutes to dental crown
The cement used in dental crown may leak, or the acidic saliva may erode the crown cement, which lets toxins, bacteria and other infectious agents to leak below the crown. Other incidences of metal corrosion also occur with dental crowns sometimes. If the crowns do not suit you, you can choose onlays or inlays to replace the damaged or missing tooth structure. They are manufactured from materials resembling natural teeth and are attached to the teeth with the help of lasers to make them a part of natural teeth and restore them to their natural strength. Normally, dental crowns prove good enough for most patients. In case the earlier procedure does not suit you, you can choose the latter.