A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a dental prosthetic designed to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth.
There are many reasons you may want to have a crown placed:
A cracked tooth
A tooth too weak for fillings
A tooth being ground down by clenching
Previous dental work
A crown restores function and adds strength to a tooth. Impressions are taken to help make the crown resemble your natural teeth as much as possible. Impressions are also taken after a tooth is prepared to ensure a snug fit. You will be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is sent back from the dental lab. At this time, it will be permanently cemented to your tooth.
There are several different materials available to create crowns. Each one has its own set of pros and cons, and your dentist will discuss which option is right for you. For example, while a porcelain or ceramic crown may closely resemble the look and feel of a natural tooth, it may not be strong enough to take much pressure and is not ideal for restoring a molar. A metal crown may be more durable, but does not have the cosmetic advantages.
Crowns can also be used to help restore missing teeth. Both bridges and implants use dental crowns to create a realistic and durable restoration.
Additional Benefits Presented by Crowns:
They can save teeth – dental crowns can potentially prevent the need for a tooth extraction. A significantly damaged or infected tooth or is very weak can be vulnerable to breakage, infection, and death. A crown allows the tooth and surrounding tissue to be saved by providing complete coverage.
They can last for a long time – a crown can last between a few years to over 30. With regular oral hygiene and professional check-ups, you can expect the crown to remain in place for years to come.
They can be protected – caring for a crown does not require extremely special care. Only regular brushing and flossing is needed to set the foundation for a long lasting restoration. In addition, avoid biting into or chewing on hard items. This can prevent accidental injury from harming your crown and natural teeth.
Crowns are a strong and durable restoration option. With proper care, they can last for a lifetime.
If you are in need of a dental crown, please call our office to make an appointment today.