Crowns are protective coverings designed to surround the tooth's visible surface, providing added strength while hiding defects like chips, cracks, and deep discoloration.
Crowns are also used to protect the teeth used to support a dental bridge or cover a tooth that needed a root canal. Dental crowns are made of durable materials and are custom-fitted and custom-tinted to blend in with surrounding teeth. Because of this, they look and feel entirely natural and comfortable.
Most patients require two visits to have a crown fitted. At the first appointment, the tooth will be carefully shaped to provide room for the restoration piece. Shaping involves removing some of the tooth surface material.
Then an impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a dental lab, where technicians create your crown from the highest-quality materials. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while the crown is made.
At the second visit, your provider removes the temporary crown, carefully cleans the surface of your tooth, and places the permanent crown using a strong dental adhesive. Once in place, your dental crown will be shaped to ensure it fits comfortably.
No — crowns can be cared for just like the rest of your teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure they stay in good shape.
It's also a good idea to avoid biting or chewing on hard substances that could cause your crown to crack. Of course, this is also recommended for your natural teeth.
Today, most crowns can last for more than ten years, and with proper care, a crown can last much longer. Crowns are made of materials about as hard as your other teeth, so the general precautions you take for your dental health are usually sufficient.
To see if you can benefit from a crown, or to receive expert care, contact the experienced team at All Smiles Dentistry. You can call the office or use the convenient online booking tool to set up your appointment today.