How Dental Crowns Works?

How Dental Crown Works?

A dental crown is an appliance, sometimes called a “cap”, that is placed to restore or replace the top of your natural tooth. When healthy, a tooth root is encased in gum tissue and bone, and the natural crown extends above the gum line. If a tooth needs replacement, or if tooth damage needs to be fixed, your dentist may place a dental crown on top of the existing root or an implant.

Dental Crowns are used in many circumstances:

  • To restore a damaged tooth or replace a large filling
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cap a dental implant
  • To protect a weak tooth or stop a damaged tooth from fracturing
  • To cover a tooth after a root canal
  1. Crowns can save teeth with very large cavities. If a tooth has been badly damaged by tooth decay a crown can be used to save a tooth from undergoing a root canal procedure.
  2. Crowns can “cap” tooth restored by a root canal. After a root canal is completed a crown can be placed over the root canal to return the tooth to its function.
  3. Crowns can hold together severely cracked or even broken teeth and save them from extraction. Basically, a crown “restores” a damaged tooth to its original look and function.
  4. Crowns can protect a worn tooth or cover a misshapen one. Crowns can restore a tooth to its original strength and function, and even save it from having to be extracted.
  5. Crowns can anchor dental bridges. If crowns are placed on teeth adjacent to a missing tooth, they can hold a permanent dental bridge in place.
  6. Crowns really last! Crowns typically last from five to ten years and some last even longer.
  7. Crowns stay in place! Because crowns are fixed to your teeth, they do not move, slide, or drop out. Once you have a crown? It stays put!

DENTAL CROWNS STUDY:

“The up to 25-Year Survival and Clinical Performance of 2,340 High Gold-Based Metal-Ceramic Single Crowns”

This study tracked the success rate of 2,340 crowns installed by one specialist.

It showed that at 10 years, the success rate was 97% (2,270 crowns that lasted over a decade).

At 25 years, the success rate was 85%.

That’s 1,989 out of 2,340 crowns that lasted over 25 years.

  • Source: International Journal of Prosthodontics . 2013, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p151-160. 10p. 2 Color Photographs, 4 Charts, 6 Graphs.
  • Author(s): Walton, Terry R.
  • Reference Link: To access the article click here 

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