A crown is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented on to an existing tooth or implant by a dentist or prosthodontist to repair a damaged tooth — basically it is a fitted cap, used to restore the original appearance of the tooth and prevent decay or further damage when a fracture or caries is too large for a filling to cover.
Charles M. Schulz said: “If you grit your teeth and show real determination, you’ll always have a chance.”
A permanent crown can be made from any metals, from stainless steel to gold, or porcelain fused to metal, ceramic or resin. A filling is made of gold, porcelain, a tooth-coloured, composite resin or an amalgam alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc.
Ogden Nash said:
Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Both procedures may be uncomfortable, but neither should be painful. However, when the anaesthetic wears off your mouth may feel sensitive and your gums may be a little sore for a while — but you will very soon be back to normal. As well as strengthening a damaged tooth, having a crown can improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and bite.
‘You don’t have to brush your teeth — just the ones you want to keep.’
Although crowns and fillings may last for years, they do occasionally come loose or even fall out. The best thing you can do to prevent this is to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and floss every day. Healthy gums are crucial. You should also have your teeth checked and cleaned regularly by your dentist or hygienist. To prevent damage to a new crown or filling, common sense should be used about which hard foods to avoid.
Ann Landers said: Blessed are they who hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists
If you live on the Sunshine Coast, then you can make an appointment soon to see Dr. Sarah Rose at Eumundi Dental. Eumundi Dental is a nationally registered, affordable smile.com.au approved dentist. Smile means you will always receive the best care from the best dentists —and regular visits will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy too, so that you don’t need fillings or crowns.