A dental crown is a ‘cap’ shaped like a tooth that is placed over the top of one. Its purpose is to strengthen or repair a decayed or broken tooth to restore normal appearance and function. Crowns completely cover the visible area of a tooth and can be made from metal, porcelain-to-metal fusion, resin, or all-porcelain. They’re usually necessary for teeth that require very large fillings, fractured teeth, teeth worn down due to grinding, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
The process for inserting a crown usually takes more than one appointment. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to ensure that a crown will be supported well by it and then file it down. If your tooth is broken down substantially, we may need to fill it in in order to make certain it is big enough for a crown to fit.
After this is done, we will take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding area and have that sent away for a crown to be constructed. This is then where the temporary crowns come into play, as we will place them on your tooth to protect against damage or decay until the permanent option is ready.
The second visit is when we will position and adhere the new crown in place and examine the fit. At this point in time, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring up any discomfort you feel so it can potentially be taken care of in-office. However, the way it feels in your mouth will take some getting used, but that will fade with time and soon it will act as a permanent and regularly functioning tooth!
Crowns are a dental restoration option that we offer to cover, strengthen, and improve the appearance and alignment of a damaged tooth. It is a fixed prosthetic cap that is cemented onto the tooth after a portion of the tooth is removed to ensure a proper fit, that can be made out of numerous materials. They can be made from resin, ceramic, metal, porcelain, or some combination of those. All-porcelain crowns are one of the many choices of dental crowns that we provide.
What to Expect
Installing a crown takes a series of visits to our office. The first visit will involve an examination of the tooth and subsequent preparation of the area for a crown. We may take x-rays to check on the surrounding bone and the roots of the tooth meant to receive the crown and, if the tooth is severely decayed or there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, it is possible we may need to conduct a root canal first.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible – which can range anywhere from 5 to 15 years. A crowned tooth does not require special care, but the presence of a crown does not mean it is protected from issues like decay or gum disease. You should still diligently practice excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash. Be mindful of the faults of particular crowns, such as porcelain’s propensity to chip, and correct certain habits that may cause the crown damage.
Dental bridges are anticipated to last from 5-15 years or longer, with the proper care. Excellent oral hygiene routines and regular check-ups help ensure that this will be the case. As your natural teeth serve as a foundation for the bridges through the placement of the abutment crowns, it’s incredibly important to take good care of them. The presence of crowns or dental bridges does not mean your teeth or the surrounding areas are protected from issues like decay or gum disease. An oral health routine involving brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day can help with the longevity of your porcelain bridges and the prevention of these problems.
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Dr. Lawlor belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists and has been specifically trained in cosmetic dentistry. The American Dental Association does not issue special certifications or licenses indicating which dentists are cosmetic dentists and which are not. The dentist you go to for twice-yearly check-ups is probably not going to be the same dentist you go to for cosmetic enhancement. Unless you’re in the qualified hands of Dr. Lawlor!
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