A dental crown is multipurpose in that it can be used to improve the shape or size, cover a defect or simply enhance the look of a tooth. Once in place, it also protects against further damage as it completely covers the tooth down to the gumline. This makes the crown perfect for protecting a tooth that has required an extensive filling or one that has been worn down due to the habits associated with bruxism. Dental crowns can be made of a variety and or combination of materials depending on the patient’s personal need.
A stainless steel crown is used mainly to protect the tooth while a permanent crown is being constructed. There are a few precautions to consider while wearing a temporary crown. Patients should avoid sticky substances like chewing gum or taffy, and try to chew on the opposite side of their mouth until the next dental appointment and be careful when using dental floss.
A metal crown is often used to restore a rear molar that requires the quality of strength that the material provides. Teeth that are more visible are more suited for a ceramic or porcelain crown which can be matched to the color of the surrounding natural teeth.
Patients sometimes experience a slight increase in sensitivity after receiving a dental crown. Dentists often recommend using a toothpaste formulated to relieve the symptoms.
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