What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a secure way to fill gaps and help restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth. It is a “cap” that can be put on a tooth. A crown can also help you bite and chew better, which can positively impact other systems in your body, such as a your digestive system.

Crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. It restores your tooth to its normal shape, size and function, making your tooth stronger. Crowns are also designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.

When is a dental crown needed?

There are a variety of situations that require a tooth to be restored with a dental crown. The following are the most common:

  • Large Filling
  • Root Canal
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Broken Cusps
  • Excessive Wear of Teeth
  • Undesirable appearance of teeth

What are crowns made of?

Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.

How to care for a crown?

Caring for a crown is very simple. Just continue with your regular brushing and flossing routine using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.

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How are Crowns Made?

Before a crown can be made, the tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After making the tooth smaller, we will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown. We will also take a look at your teeth to determine the correct shade for the crown so that it will match the color of your other teeth.

Your impression will be sent to a dental lab, where they will use it to make your crown.  A temporary crown will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed, and the new crown is cemented over your prepared tooth.

 

How Long Do Crowns Last?

While crowns can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. A crown can lose its support if the tooth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also be sure to keep up with your dental checkups and professional cleanings.

To prevent damage to your new crown, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

 

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