What are dental crowns?
A crown is a device covers or “caps” a damaged tooth making it strong enough to bite and chew. Crowns not only strengthen weak teeth but also improve the appearance of your smile. A crown makes the appearance, shape or alignment of a damaged tooth look more natural.
Crowns are made of materials, including porcelain and ceramic. These materials are matched to the color of your teeth, so the crown looks completely natural. If a molar needs a crown, a metal alloy or acrylic may be used instead. These materials are stronger and better suited for teeth responsible for chewing. Porcelain can be bonded to a metal alloy shell to create a stronger, aesthetically pleasing crown.
Why do I need a crown?
Crowns correct structural and cosmetic problems. Your dentist might recommend a crown for the following reasons:
- To strengthen a tooth that contains a large filling
- To replace a tooth damaged in an accident
- To protect a weak tooth following a root canal
- To attach a bridge, dentures or partials
- To hide a discolored, stained, cracked, misshapen or crooked tooth
- To cover a dental implant
How are crowns placed?
Crowns take two separate visits. At the first appointment, your dentist will file the damaged tooth so the crown can fit over it. If the tooth is damaged or broken, your dentist will fill it, so it’s big enough to support the crown.
Next, your dentist will make an impression. This is a 3-D model of your tooth that will serve as a model for the permanent crown. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is created at a dental lab.
During a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent dental crown.
How should I care for a temporary crown?
Take steps to care for a temporary crown. Avoid hard, sticky and tough foods. Change the way you floss the tooth. Don’t pull the floss up. Instead, let one end go and pull it through the space around the temporary crown.
How We Can Help!
If you currently have dental crowns that require attention or you think you may need one or more dental crowns, we will guide you in choosing the best option for you. Need to make an appointment? Contact us online or at (919) 847-8413 today!