A dental crown is an over the top tooth covering, and is cemented over your tooth from the chewing surface down to the gum line. A crown is an artificial tooth created to cover and protect either a damaged, decayed or otherwise at risk tooth. It is used when a tooth has been broken, chipped or undergone a heavy restoration (such as a large filling). A crown’s purpose is to return the strength and appearance of a natural tooth.
When do I need a crown?
There are many different applications of a dental crown.
Dental crowns are used when a large portion of a tooth needs to be filled (for example, when a tooth has a large amount of decay from a cavity or otherwise). A crown is a longer lasting and offers more protection to a tooth that is suffering from a lot of decay.
Another option for a dental crown is if a tooth has a large and aging filling. A large and/or aging filling is at a higher risk of fracture. A crown can offer protection from cracks or fractures.
If a tooth is already broken a crown can be used to help restore it to its original strength!
What is the process of getting a crown?
Getting a crown may be an intimidating process, but our staff will help make the service be as pain free and easy as possible. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area surrounding the tooth in question to help reduce the pain. In fact, you should only have very minimal soreness or sensitivity after the anesthesia has worn off. Plus our staff has lots of experience to make it a smooth going process for you!
Initially a temporary crown will be put in place while your permanent crown is being made, and it will be replaced after a few weeks. Your permanent crown will be modeled on your own teeth so that the fit will be natural once the process is complete. Crowns can be made from various materials, the most popular being zirconia (a white metal), porcelain or ceramic, or gold.
Once your crown is in place it should last 10-20 years, with proper care. This includes regular check ups and cleanings, as well as taking extra care when brushing and flossing around the crown.
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