Frequently asked questions about crowns

close up shot of a woman's teeth getting dental treatmentSome people find that their teeth can become cracked, discoloured or more fragile as a result of decay; all of which can become more likely as ageing occurs. While there are several options when it comes to resolving these issues, getting a crown is one of the most popular means of doing so.

People who think they might need to get a crown may feel a bit unsure as to what it involves, and have questions about how it all works.  This article address the most frequently asked questions about this kind of treatment.

Is it really necessary?

People who suspect a crown is the solution to issues with a tooth or teeth should visit a good dentist for an examination. The dentist will advise on the best course of action for the patient on an individual basis. They may suggest getting a crown to resolve teeth that are discoloured or worn; to give vulnerable teeth added strength; and to fix teeth that have been broken.

A crown is used to affix a bridge if it is required; and can also be suggested by the dentist after having a root canal treatment. The crown can help to sustain a tooth after this kind of treatment, and prevent it from becoming further damaged.  What’s known as an implant crown can be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a tooth that has been lost.

Is it obvious when a person has a crown?

People sometimes worry that others will be able to tell if they have had a crown, especially if they are having several teeth restored. However, the dentist will assess the colour of the natural teeth and even the hair colour and skin tone of the patient to create a good match. When crown treatment is given by an expert professional, it looks very natural and is not at all obvious to others.

How long does it take?

Crowns are usually fitted over two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist will get the teeth and gums ready for treatment; take some impressions and give a crown that is for temporary use only.

During the second appointment, the crown is fitted for the long term. Although it is often the case that only two appointments are needed, this can vary according to individual cases – so it’s worth talking to the dentist about what’s going to happen and over what period of time.

Does it hurt and how long does the treatment last?

woman getting her teeth treated in the dental clinic

Getting a crown fitted should involve a minimum of discomfort and for most patients, it is entirely pain free. In some cases, sensitivity can occur – and if it does, the dentist can help the patient to resolve this.

If a crown is looked after well, it can last for the rest of a person’s life. Looking after a crown is just like taking care of the teeth in general; so twice daily brushing and flossing is important. It’s also vital to see the dentist for regular check-ups to protect the crown and the teeth and gums in general.