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Dental Crowns

Dental crown is a restoration of a damaged tooth by a tooth shaped “cap” that completely covers tooth or dental implant, and is bonded to the tooth using dental cement. A dental crown (cap) fully encases the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth restoring its shape, size, strength and it also improves its appearance.
Dental Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain-fused- to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic materials.

Why it needed?
In conditions where dental crown are needed includes

  • To replace a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To protect breaking of a weak tooth
  • To restore an already broken or severely worn down tooth
  • To cover uneven shape and discolor of tooth
  • To cover dental implant
  • To attach a dental bridge

Advantages

  • Dental crowns are placed in an outpatient procedure; medical tourist can go back to home within 3 weeks or immediately if they plan for two trips.
  • The dental crown improves the function and appearance of the injured or damaged tooth.
  • Protects the tooth by covering entire surface area of it and eliminates pain.
  • Provides strength and longevity with overall attractive appearance.

Disadvantages

  • Patient may develop sensitivity to hot and cold food.
  • The chip formation at crown, if chipping is extensive the crown may need to be replaced
  • Loosening of crown can lead to decay of the tooth.
  • Crowns fall off sometimes due to an improper fit or a lack of cement.
  • Formation of dark line on crowned tooth next to the gum line.

Risk and complication

 Associated to dental crown includes

  • Reaction to anesthetic or medication
  • Bleeding
  • Structural injury or damage to nerve and tissue near implant site
  • Tingling or numbness of the teeth, gums, lips or chin
  • Sinus problems

Pre procedure preparation

  • Visit to dentist and have a knowledge of procedure and different type of crowns
  • Inform the dentist about an allergy and a habit or smoking and alcohol
  • X-rays of the tooth to check root  of it and surrounding bone
  • Know the medicine to be taken or stopped before procedure
  • Wear a loose fitting, comfortable clothes
  • Ask friend or relative to accompany and for the help after procedure

Post procedure care

Patient may experience discomfort for 1-2 days, with swelling and pain.
One may have strange feeling regarding the crown which will soon disappear within 2-3 days of the procedure.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to have a long lifespan of crowns.

  • Do regularly teeth brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, especially around the crown area.
  • Avoid biting fingernail and using teeth to open packaging
  • Avoid clenching and grinding of teeth.

 Usually, dental crowns may last for about 5 to15 years with proper dental care.

Reference: Dr. Prem's Guide-Medical Tourism procedure

 

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