Dental Crowns

Dental Crown

Dental Crowns

Crown Is A Great Dental Restoration Treatment

A dental crown is essentially a cap that looks like a natural tooth that is created and placed over a natural tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength, as well as to improve its appearance. Dental crowns may be needed  for several reasons, including:

  • To restore a broken tooth
  • To cover damaged or discolored teeth
  • To restore a tooth that has been worn down
  • To protect a tooth restored after a root canal
  • To protect a weak tooth, such as one that has been severely decayed
  • To support a tooth with a large filling and very little of the natural tooth remains

What Does A Dental Crown Is Made Of?

Crowns can be made of several different types of material, such as gold or another alloy, porcelain that is fused to metal, or they can be all ceramic.

Porcelain is baked to noble alloy offering a color closer to the natural teeth, ideal for patients who need the strength associated with metal.

For patients looking for the closest match to natural teeth, crowns made of all ceramic or porcelain are the best option.

Gold crowns are advised in an area with no visibility.

Which Type Of Crown Is Best For You?

To help you decide which type of crown will be the most ideal for you, our dentists will consider where the tooth is located and what its function is, the position of the gum tissue, how much of the tooth shows when smiling, the color of your natural teeth, and also your personal preference.

  • When we place a dental crown, it generally takes two visits. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth for the crown. We will first numb the tooth and gum tissue surrounding it. Then, we will shape the chewing surface and sides of the tooth in order to make adequate room for the crown to fit comfortably. If you are missing a large portion of your natural tooth, we will use a filling material in order to comfortably support the new crown.
  • Next, we will take an impression in order to craft the crown. We’ll need to take an impression not just of the tooth receiving the crown, but also the teeth either above or below it to ensure the crown fits properly. These will be sent to a dental lab to craft your crown. A temporary crown will be placed over your tooth until the permanent one is created.
  • On your next visit, we will remove your temporary crown and check the fit and color of the new crown. Once we are happy with the fit, we will cement the crown in place.

Until your permanent crown is safely in place, there are some precautions you’ll need to take to protect the temporary crown. Avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as gum, which could dislodge the crown. Likewise, avoid extra crunchy or hard foods that could break the temporary crown or dislodge it. Pay close attention when you floss to slide the floss between the teeth on either side of the crown to avoid pulling the temporary crown off.

If your crown ever feels loose or if it falls out, call our office right away. We will provide instructions for how to care for your tooth and crown until we can schedule an appointment. Keep the crown, as we may be able to re-attach the crown. If an issue with fit has occurred, we may need to fabricate a new one.

With proper care, dental crowns can last for a long time. However, the lifespan of your crown will depend on your daily wear and tear, your oral care, and habits such as tooth grinding.

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