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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
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Do you have partial teeth, cracked teeth, chipped teeth or stumps that are unsightly and ruin your otherwise beautiful smile? Annoying isn’t it? Your smile can be ruined by the slightest of elements and the likelihood is that you feel self conscious about it even if everyone else does not notice. So what can you do?
Well, crowns are ideal cosmetic answers to improve your smile quickly and easily… and permanently as well so you never have to worry about that unsightly chip again.
But what are crowns? The name itself makes the procedure sound a lot bigger than it is but that is not to say that you do not need to know all about them before you make a decision. After all, you do not buy clothes without seeing them first so why buy a cosmetic solution that will affect your smile for good without finding out about it. This special report will tell you everything you need to know.
All About the Crown
A crown is described as “dental restoration”, meaning that it helps to restore your teeth back to their original state prior to the chip, crack or break. There are other ways to do this as well (veneers, bridges and implants to name a few) but the crown may be a better solution than some other options because it completely encircles a tooth, covering all weaknesses.
A crown does have to be fitted by a dentist. However, it is not quite as expensive as bridges or veneers in general.
The crown can be made of a number of materials, which will be discussed a little in the questions outlined below. This will tell you a little bit more about your options and you might be surprised by quite a lot of information here so pay attention:
#1 – Why Would I Need a Crown?
You could need a crown for any number of reasons, some of which might be a little surprising. For example, not only can crowns be used to cover a broken, cracked or misshaped or chipped tooth but is could also be used to cover a dental implant, filling that is vulnerable or even a tooth that the dentist has assessed and believes to be weak.
In short, the crown can be used for any number of purposes, all of which are designed to protect the teeth. Your dentist may not explain to you exactly why you need one so be sure to ask because you will learn a lot about how you care for your teeth as well.
#2 – Can I get a Gold Tooth?
Yes you can! You can choose from a massive range of materials for crowns and could feasibly end up with a rainbow for teeth every time you smile. Metal teeth made of gold alloys, palladium alloys, nickel alloys, chromium alloys or other types of metal are actually considered to be desirable because they rarely chip or break and can actually last the best out of all your options in the long term.
You can also choose to have crowns made or porcelain, resin or ceramic. The material you choose will have an impact on how much your crown actually costs so you may want to consider that as a point before you choose one particular type. Resin ones tend to be the cheapest with metal ones being the most expensive and porcelain and ceramic crowns being the most natural looking. Take your pick!
#3 – Temporary or Permanent Crowns
When you initially go into the dentist’s office to ask for a crown or are offered one, you may well be offered a temporary crown. These are usually made on site out of acrylic or composite so they can be fitted to protect the relevant tooth immediately. An impression will then be taken and a permanent crown will be made in a lab and fitted at a later date. This can take a few weeks depending on what you want so whether or not you want a temporary crown in the meantime is your decision.
Bear in mind though that your dentist may well recommend that you have a temporary crown even if you do not want one. If you are told this then listen because there is probably a good reason why the recommendation has been made.
#4 – Do I need a Crown for Another Prosthesis?
You may well be advised to get a crown in conjunction with another cosmetic prosthesis for your teeth. For example, if you have an implant or a bridge then a crown can help to strengthen it.
Remember you are well within your rights to refuse to have a crown in conjunction with other prostheses but the recommendation to have one will be based on the longevity of the final aesthetic result of your mouth and your smile.
#5 – Can I Eat what I Like with a Crown?
Depends whether you have a temporary or permanent crown. If you have a temporary crown then you need to stay clear of any sticky foods or hard foods that could stick to or break it. The same goes for a crown that has been fitted for less than a week. However, if you have had a crown fitted for quite a while then you should just be careful.
Having a crown repaired or replaced is expensive so is that toffee really worth it?
In conclusion, you have probably found out a lot of new and surprising information on crowns. Needless to say they are amongst the most popular cosmetic solutions to the problem of cracked, chipped broken, worn or discolored teeth. Whether you need a crown or want one as a result of the gold alloy option, the possibilities are out there. All dentists are trained to fit crowns so if you have a skilled dentist then you will soon find your beautiful smile restored to its full glory!
Call us now at 289-796-0420 for a complimentary consultation (save $50) and for free, friendly advice about your options.
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