The dental cover is a white crown or cap that is exactly the same as the original tooth and is used in cases where a large part of the tooth is damaged or lost. In this situation, a veneers is made to fit the rest of the tooth and is glued on the original tooth, and of course, it has aesthetic uses besides restoration.
The structure and design of veneers, which are also called fixed prostheses, are such that both their function and appearance are completely similar to the crowns of natural human teeth. Dental cover help make your teeth look more beautiful and make them stronger.
You may also have a question, in what cases and for whom is dental veneer suitable? If I have a nerve extraction, do I have to cover my tooth? What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental veneers? What is the price of Dental cover? How long does it last?
In this article, I will answer all these questions, and if you have any other questions, you can ask Serenity Beauty Clinic consultants in the comments section to answer you.
Types of dental veneers
There are different types of Dental cover due to the type of materials that can be used to make them, and I will explain each of them below:
1- Full metal covers
Sometimes different metals such as nickel, gold, chrome or palladium are used to make the coating. Depending on the type of metal used, the coating may be silver, yellow or white. Metal crowns are mostly used in back teeth. Because these Dental cover have more strength and are the best option for back teeth that are more under pressure and wear.
2- All ceramic coatings
Dental cover that are made entirely of ceramic are weaker in terms of strength and strength than full metal veneers, but they are more beautiful and natural than them and are completely like natural teeth. Zirconia veneers are all-ceramic Dental cover.
Ceramic veneers are mainly used to cover the front teeth for two reasons:
- The color of this type of veneer matches the color of the other adjacent teeth very well and makes the front teeth look natural and more in harmony with the other teeth when talking and laughing.
- Since the front teeth are less pressured and worn than other teeth, ceramic veneers are more suitable for front teeth due to their strength and durability.
3 – Metal-ceramic coating (PFM)
In the metal-ceramic coating, there is a combination of metal and ceramic in such a way that the core of the coating is made of metal and it is covered with a layer of ceramic, and that is why these coatings are called PFM (Ceramic Welded) It is also called metal.
This combination of metal and ceramic causes that due to the presence of metal, the coating produced has more endurance than an all-ceramic coating, and also the ceramic coating makes us have a more beautiful appearance than all-metal coatings.
As a result, the resistance of PFM coatings is lower than all-metal coatings and higher than all-ceramic coatings, and unlike ceramic coatings, they are less likely to break.
Metal-ceramic Dental cover have less harmony and transparency than ceramic veneers in terms of color tone due to the metal skeleton they have, so they may not be completely similar to natural teeth. Of course, this issue is also related to the quality of ceramics and its type of construction.
In what cases do we use cover?
Dental cover have different factors, each of which may have a cosmetic or therapeutic aspect:
- Crowns for implanted teeth.
- In cases where the tooth is denervated or filled.
- Restoration of decayed and worn teeth.
- Protection of broken or cracked teeth.
- Use in cases where the teeth are discolored.
Procedures for dental veneers
The Dental cover process may require two or three sessions:
- In the first session, the tooth that is going to be veneered is examined and a photo is taken of that tooth and its side bones to check its condition carefully. Here, if the root of the tooth is rotten or infected, it will be treated. Otherwise, the desired tooth will be shaved according to the thickness of the chosen veneer.
- The shaved tooth is molded.
- The color of the Dental cover is chosen according to the color of the adjacent teeth.
- The prepared mold is transferred to the laboratory to make the mold.
- In the second session, a metal mold is placed on the tooth to test its size and color. If the metal mold is exactly the same size as the tooth, it is placed on the tooth with a special glue and the work is finished. However, if there is a discrepancy between the metal mold and the tooth, molding is done again and you have to visit the dentist for another session to install the Dental cover.
The difference between dental veneers and laminates and composites
Laminate and composite are methods to correct the smile design. In these methods, you can correct ugly, yellow, cloudy, broken, filled lips, and messy teeth, and as a result, you will have beautiful teeth like actors and superstars.
But if one of your teeth is decayed or needs nerve extraction and the dentist has to shave a large amount of the tooth crown, as a result the tooth structure is weakened and apart from the tooth becoming sensitive due to the shaving of a large part of its enamel. , this tooth will become very vulnerable and prone to fracture. To prevent this problem, the tooth will need a Dental cover.
Therefore, each of these methods is used for specific conditions and they cannot be used interchangeably. In cases where the goal is to adjust the distance between the teeth and make them whiter and shinier, laminate and composite are recommended, but if the tooth structure is weakened due to decay or denervation, Dental cover will be a better choice.
Is a dental implant better or a dental veneer?
Sometimes dental terms are misinterpreted. This also applies to the two concepts of Dental cover and implants, and they are thought to be the same, when they are different.
The crown is the upper part of the tooth. Installing a veneer is one of the stages of a dental implant, but the implant is used in cases where the entire tooth is missing and we attach a Dental cover to the base of the implant.
But sometimes the root of the tooth is healthy and we only need a veneer or crown. As a result, the uses and applications of each of these treatments are different.
How long is the lifespan of dental veneers?
The question may be raised, how long is the dental cover? Coatings have different durability and lifespan according to the type and material used in their production process.
On average, the lifespan of dental veneers is between 5 and 15 years. Of course, this time varies according to the health of the underlying tooth and the amount of care you take. Veneers, like normal teeth, require care and oral hygiene. If you brush your teeth regularly and avoid consuming things that damage and damage your teeth (such as sugary substances and tobacco), you will definitely increase their durability.
Care after dental veneers
- In the first days after veneering, it is suggested to eat more soft foods and avoid biting hard foods.
- Use a toothbrush and dental floss after every meal, and if you are allergic to cold and ice materials after coating, you should use special anti-allergic toothpastes.
- Never use coated teeth to crack nuts or open doors.
Does the coated tooth get infected?
Yes. If your tooth is not repaired by a skilled dental professional, it can become infected. Or if you don’t take good care of your teeth, the tooth under the veneer may be damaged. The main factors that can cause an infection of the veneered tooth are:
- Failure to see a specialist dentist
If the dentist does not have enough expertise in this field and the veneer is not installed correctly, it can cause many problems for the person’s mouth and teeth.
- Improper installation of the cover
If the crown doesn’t fit properly, is too long or too short, it can cause pain, and it can also affect your ability to chew or speak. The veneer should match your chewing style and be in line with other teeth.
If you feel pain when chewing, it means that the veneer does not match your teeth and this problem can lead to pain in the jaw or headache.
Sometimes the contact of the dental crown with the gums can cause problems. For example, it can cause decay and inflammation near the cover for the gum.
- Lack of hygiene and tooth decay
Since the tooth under the Dental cover still has living tissue, it is possible that caries may develop at the border between the tooth and the Dental cover if hygiene is not followed. Not brushing properly is one of the factors that can cause this. Neglecting this can cause inflammation and even infection at the site.
- Cover fracture
If the crown of the tooth is damaged, cracked, loose or broken, it can lead to an infection of the underlying tooth or gum.
- Grinding teeth
Pressing the teeth together during the night can put pressure on the tooth enamel and damage it. If you are facing this problem, try using a dental guard.
- Gingival analysis
If your gums around the dental crown have decayed in such a way that a part of the root of the tooth is found, the possibility of mass accumulation and gum disease increases and the tooth under the crown may become infected.
Symptoms of tooth infection
- Pain: Tooth or gum pain is normal up to 2 weeks after veneering. But if this pain continues for more than 2 weeks, or is very severe, it can be a sign of tooth infection or gingivitis.
- Gum swelling
- Tooth sensitivity
Treating an infected tooth
It is recommended to visit a specialist doctor in case of infection of the coated tooth, because your tooth should be checked
If you feel pain in the area where the crown is removed, the original tooth is probably infected. In these cases, the dentist removes the tooth cover, finds the cause of the infection, removes it, and puts the cover back in place.
If the denervated teeth are infected, the dentist must redefine the nerve and treat the root. This type of treatment must be done under the supervision of an endodontic specialist.
Sometimes the tooth may be so rotten that there is no other choice but to pull it out and fill the gap with methods such as implants.
If you have symptoms of a tooth infection, see a dentist as soon as possible. Until then, you can rinse your mouth with a solution of salt and water by dissolving some salt in a glass of water and swirling it in your mouth for 30 seconds. This helps reduce pain and inflammation.
The last word
Some people think that the tooth that has been coated will not be damaged or decayed. If you are one of these people, I must say that you are completely wrong. A veneered tooth is also prone to infection if it is not placed well or if you do not take good care of it. Pain, swelling and sensitivity to heat and cold are symptoms of tooth infection.
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