Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?
Ever wondered if a dental crown could seamlessly blend in with your teeth, offering not just a fix but a natural feel, too? It absolutely can! In this blog, let’s dive into dental crowns and answer the pressing question of whether dental crowns feel natural.
Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps, are effective dental restorations used to restore the shape, appearance and function of teeth. From preserving a weakened tooth to restoring a damaged tooth, dental crowns are a truly versatile solution.
These dental crowns are custom-made to fit over the natural tooth and blend in with the rest of your teeth. Once bonded into place, they become a lasting solution that restores both aesthetics and functionality.
What are the Types of Dental Crowns?
When it comes to dental crowns, there are several different types to choose from. These include:
- Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns – Dental crowns are commonly made using ceramic or porcelain, as they provide highly aesthetic results. They can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, making them look completely natural – no one will even know you have a crown.
- Metal Crowns – Made using gold, silver or other metal alloys, metal crowns offer added strength. They are mainly used to restore back teeth that aren’t visible when you smile. Metal crowns don’t provide the same natural look that porcelain crowns do.
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns – These crowns are a combination of porcelain and metal crowns. They combine the aesthetic benefits of porcelain crowns and the strength of metal crowns to provide a natural-looking solution.
- Composite Resin Crowns – Also known as all-resin crowns, they are a less durable, yet more affordable solution. These crowns are better suited for your front teeth or teeth that don’t undergo chewing forces.
When you visit us for a dental crown consultation, our dentists will help you choose the crown that best suits your needs. Give us a call today to make an appointment.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
As mentioned before, dental crowns are a versatile dental restoration option. Among the many uses of dental crowns, here are some common situations where you may need a dental crown:
- Severely decayed teeth – In cases of severe tooth decay, a dental filling alone may not cut it. In such instances, dental crowns can cover the tooth, bringing back strength and protecting it.
- Broken or fractured teeth – A dental crown can help hold a broken or fractured tooth together and prevent further damage. It will restore strength and stability, allowing you to chew and speak confidently.
- Root canal treatment – Your tooth might become weak and vulnerable after a root canal. Fear not, for dental crowns can strengthen and protect the teeth, ensuring functionality.
- Dental implant restoration – Looking for a tooth replacement that’s durable and natural-looking when replacing missing teeth? Dental crowns secured to dental implants can provide long-lasting and natural-looking tooth replacement solutions.
- Weak teeth – Dental crowns can restore strength and functionality if large fillings have weakened your teeth.
- To support a dental bridge – Crowns can be placed on neighbouring teeth to hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cosmetic enhancements – If you have discoloured, misshapen or misaligned teeth and gaps between teeth, dental crowns can address such issues and improve the appearance of your smile.
What are the benefits of Dental Crowns?
- Restores functionality of teeth
- Provides natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing results
- Offers long-lasting tooth restoration solutions (when properly cared for)
- Protects teeth from further damage while preserving the structural integrity of teeth
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem
- Provides a comfortable fit
How Does a Dental Crown Work?
At Wyndham Dental, you can get a crown with just two visits to our clinic. Our experienced dentists are meticulous in their approach, ensuring optimal results and patient satisfaction. Here’s what the process typically looks like:
- Initial Consultation – Your journey begins with a consultation at our clinic. During this consultation, we will assess your oral health and assess the affected tooth and surrounding structures using X-rays or other diagnostic imaging.
- Treatment Planning – If you’re deemed eligible for dental crowns, we will create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.
- Preparation of the Tooth – A small portion of the tooth enamel will be removed by our dentist. This will ensure that your dental crown fits properly.
- Taking Impressions – Our dentist will then take impressions of your tooth, which will be the blueprint to fabricate your custom-made crown.
- Temporary Crown – While your permanent crown is being crafted, we provide a temporary crown to keep your smile intact.
- Crown Placement – For the grand finale, your custom-made dental crown will be fitted seamlessly over your tooth. We will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments before cementing it.
And just like that, you’ll leave our clinic with a new tooth that looks and functions like your natural teeth.
What To Expect After Getting a Crown
Immediately after getting your crown, it may feel different to your other teeth. This may persist for a few days and take a while to get used to. However, after a few days, your properly fitted dental crown should feel and function like your natural teeth.
If your bite doesn’t feel normal or comfortable after a few days, we encourage you to visit us, and we will adjust it for you.
To enjoy your new smile and ensure dental crowns last longer, you must take proper care of them. Here are a few things you can do:
- Take care of your crowns just like your natural teeth, and maintain oral hygiene. Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects or using your teeth to open things.
- Avoid sticky, chewy, crunchy and sugary foods.
- Visit the dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
At Wyndham Dental, we’re not just about creating dental crowns, we create confident smiles that look and feel natural. Contact us today to learn more about dental crowns and how they can help you!