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Does your crown fit right?

By Dr. Dara Gashparova

A dental crown is a very common dental treatment. For me, this is one of the most impressive dental treatments. It can take a badly broken tooth and make it brand new again. When properly done, a crown could last a very long time.

A crown is practically a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the damaged tooth in order to strengthen and improve the chewing function and could be made out of metal or porcelain or from a combination of both.

Done right, a dental crown should look great and fit properly; it should feel like a natural tooth.

What requires a dental crown?

-A tooth with large decay. 

-A broken and severely worn down tooth.

- A tooth with a large filling that needs an extra support.

- A tooth that is used as an anchor for a dental bridge.

- A dental implant that has to be restored.

- A root canal treated tooth that has to be sealed and protected.

What are the criteria for well-fitting crowns?

Comfortable bite

Usually a dental crown procedure is done under local anesthetic, and often the patient is still numb when the dentist is checking the bite. To tell if your bite is correct, try to feel your other, not numb side. If your other side feels comfortable and teeth are closed all the way down, that is a good sign that your bite will feel correct even after anesthetic wears down.

Once your teeth are back to life, you can tell for sure if your bite is correct. If you feel that one side hits first, that means you need bite adjustment. Don’t be too concerned if it does not feel right; often it is an easy fix that does not require you to be numb. Call your dentist as soon as you can and have it corrected. Don’t wait to let it settle on its own. Crowns are made out of strong material and will take long to self-adjust.

Good contact with the adjacent teeth 

This is the most important criteria. The crown should fit in a way that teeth are touching without pressure. 

You should be able to feel resistance when you floss but don’t have a hard time doing it.

If the fit with the adjacent teeth is not correct, you may have food impaction or gum irritation that can develop decay under the crown.

Esthetic

Your crown should look beautiful but naturally matching the adjacent teeth. You want your crown to blend in and have the same shade and contour as your surrounding teeth.

Caring for your crown

The crown is not susceptible to decay, but the tooth under the crown can still get cavities. To prevent it from happening you need to continue brushing at least twice a day and floss every night.

Porcelain is a very strong material but can still break, so avoid chewing on ice or using your teeth as a bottle opener. 

Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.

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