Dental crowns are a popular procedure for improving the appearance and function of teeth, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They can be used to extend the life of a tooth for years to come, but there are some special considerations for people with crowns. After having the crowns placed, it is important to avoid sticky or chewy foods for the first few days, as they can cause the crown to come loose or fall off. Hard foods, such as ice and hard candies, should also be avoided as the bite forces needed to break them down can damage real teeth and crowns.
The procedure for dental crowns usually requires two visits. During the first visit, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown will be permanently cemented in place. The tooth that receives the crown is then remodeled along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. In some cases, a dental office can manufacture the crown at the same time with an in-house milling system.
The costs of crowns vary depending on the part of the country where you live and the type of crown selected (porcelain instead of gold, for example). Dentists are often asked if a crown is really necessary, and in most cases it is. A crown may need some adjustment if the bite is not comfortable and, if this is the case, you should ask your dentist to check and adjust it. A dental crown is often the best option for extending the life of a tooth for years to come.
It's important to note that some dentists may recommend a coating or other type of restoration with cusp coverage instead of a crown. This could be due to economic incentives to provide crowns, or because they believe that the crown has the highest success rate and wants to provide this treatment, regardless of cost. Professionals with an in-office milling unit were more likely to recommend a crown than dentists who used a commercial laboratory or an in-house laboratory. If a significant part of the tooth needs a filling, a better solution is usually a dental crown, since fillings don't provide the same type of protection as crowns.
The survey was reviewed by IDEA Services (Instrument Design, Evaluation and Analysis Services, Westat, Rockville, MD), a group with experience in developing and implementing questionnaires, as well as by officials and professionals from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) program with experience in prosthodontic content. A dental crown, commonly referred to as a “cap”, is a tooth-shaped cover that a dentist or specialist places over a tooth or artificial tooth root (called an implant). It's important to understand all aspects of dental care when it comes to crowns, so you can make an informed decision about your oral health. Knowing what to expect before getting dental crowns, how they are placed, what types are available, and how much they cost can help you make an informed decision about your oral health care.