Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns
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What do I need to consider before going for dental veneers/crowns?
Crowns offer an overall coverage of teeth. Crowns are indicated when there is a need to strengthen teeth that are mechanically weakened (e.g. teeth with large cavities). Veneers, in general, refer to thin porcelain coverings that are bonded onto the exterior of the tooth. Good quality enamel, preferably intact enamel, is required for successful bonding. Both crowns and veneers may be used for modifying colors or position of teeth.
Research for crowns has been done for a longer period of time while veneers are a relatively new procedure with less long-term scientific studies about them. The success rate for both is about 85% over a period of ten years. This means that out of 100 crowns or veneers procedures done, about 15 of them need to be repaired or done again.
It is important to ensure the gums around the teeth are of good health before crowns and veneer treatments. Crowns or veneers cannot treat gum problems. It is advisable to consult a dentist to assess whether crowns or veneers are suitable for you and whether you need to address any existing gum problems.
How should I care for my temporary dental crown?
Temporary dental crowns are used as a short-term fix until a permanent crown is ready to be fitted on the tooth. They also serve as a blueprint for the development of the final crowns, therefore, they are also known as provisional restorations. Since it is not meant to last for a long time, there are several precautions that need to be taken when you have a temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, toffee, etc.), which could dislodge the crowns.
- Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Try to chew more on the other side of your mouth.
- Avoid chewing hard foods (such as nuts, raw vegetables, apples, etc.), which could dislodge and/or break the crown.
How long would my crowned teeth last?
Crowned teeth are no stronger or weaker than your own natural teeth. As a matter of fact, crowns are used for strengthening weakened teeth. With proper daily home care and regular professional maintenance (every 6 months check-up), crowned teeth will last for decades.