Dental Crowns

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a mainstay of dentistry that provide a great deal of versatility for the patient. They allow existing teeth to be cosmetically upgraded, function as anchors for dental bridges, and safeguard existing teeth to improve your general oral health.

Dental crowns are available using a range of materials providing differing levels of usability and durability. Crowns are also available in a range of price points, allowing the specific needs of each individual patient to be accommodated.

Materials used in dental crowns include:

  • Composite resin
  • Zirconia
  • Various metals and metallic alloys
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain

Preparations

Before applying your new dental crown, we will examine the extent of the damage to the mouth and neighboring teeth. Since a dental crown fits on top of a tooth, or an implanted post, the anchoring must provide great stability. So the tooth underneath a new dental crown must be free of tooth decay so that it provides a firm anchor.

You will likely need to undergo a round of imaging before receiving a dental crown. This allows us to form an accurate picture of the damage to the targeted tooth or to help cast the dental crown.

If the gap left by a tooth is overly large, or the targeted area of the mouth is found to be fragile, we may recommend that you receive a dental bridge over a set of dental crowns. Dental bridges are available in many of the same materials that dental crowns are constructed from, but they cover a larger area.

The Procedure

After determining the extent of the damage, your procedure will begin when we repair damage to the anchor tooth. A root canal procedure may be required, or descaling so that your crown fits tightly.

Your tooth is then shaved down and contoured so that it will fit better with a dental crown. In the case of a partial crown or dental veneer, no tooth reshaping is needed.

Receiving a dental crown typically takes two appointments. In the first, we will repair tooth damage and fit you with a temporary crown. This will ensure that your tooth is protected while you are waiting for your permanent dental crown.

In a subsequent appointment, you will actually receive your permanent dental crown.

Temporary Crowns

Before receiving your permanent dental crown at your subsequent appointment, you will need to understand how important it is to care for your temporary crown in the meantime. If you should lose this temporary crown, the underlying tooth could be significantly damaged.

Gently brush twice daily. Flossing should be performed using a side-to-side motion, rather than an upward one. This reduces the odds of something snagging and pulling away the temporary crown.

The length of time that your dental crown will last is greatly dependent upon your level of care at home. Of course, the fit and material of the crown are also important factors. Properly cared for, your new dental crown can last up to 15 years.

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