Dental crowns are a proven way to rebuild a smile after damage to the teeth or after some teeth are lost. If you want to rejuvenate your smile, dental crowns can help.
What are Dental Crowns?
A damaged tooth may cause pain and change your bite over time. A dental crown is also known as a cap. It is used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. They aren’t just for appearances, though. Crowns help with teeth function. They are expertly designed to support the structure of your natural tooth and can also help you bite and chew better.
Sometimes the tooth is still worth saving, so a crown is used rather than a full implant. Dental crowns typically look like a natural tooth. After having one for a couple of days, you will likely forget it’s even there since it functions like a natural tooth. A crown protects a tooth structure that is unable to be restored with fillings or other types of restoration. Your dentist will most likely use a crown to repair or restore a discolored or stained tooth to bring it back to its natural appearance.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Crowns not only solve cosmetic issues on teeth by covering the entire surface of the affected tooth, but they also effectively reinforce and stabilize the damaged or weakened areas.
If you’re missing a tooth, your dentist will use a crown to secure an appliance that replaces the missing tooth, called a bridge. These are dental devices designed to be cosmetically appealing while restoring your bite.
Crowns can also be used for many other restorative and aesthetic purposes, such as:
- Protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- Replace missing teeth
- Strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
- Anchor and attach a dental bridge
- Enhance the appearance of your smile
- Cover up dental implants
Types of Dental Crowns
There are six types of crowns: ceramic, gold, metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin and porcelain. Some crowns are made of a combination of materials, too. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks. The choice in materials is based on several factors, from the location of the tooth to desired aesthetics and cost.
Despite the variety in types, porcelain crowns are the most popular because they look and feel like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and designed to last many years.
How is a Dental Crown Put in Place?
Generally, the process of installing your crown begins with your dentist removing some material from your tooth to make space for the crown. Next, your dentist takes impressions that go to a lab for crown development to the exact dimensions. Those specifications include size, opacity and color. Your dentist will fit you for a temporary crown while a lab creates your custom-made one. Aluminum, composite, or steel crowns are usually temporary crowns.
When the lab finishes, you’ll return to have your temporary dental crown removed and your permanent one put in place. Your dentist makes sure the aesthetics and fit of the crowns work. You will likely be numb for a few hours after your procedure.
What to Expect After Your New Restoration
Eating and drinking may be difficult in the affected area. Avoid drinking hot beverages or chewing because you may hurt yourself and not realize it. After your dentist places your permanent crown, you can get back to enjoying the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.
Your teeth may experience minor sensitivity for a few weeks after your treatment. Though not everyone does. The gums surrounding your affected teeth may be sensitive for up to a week. If sensitivity is more than mild or lasts longer than seven days, you should contact your dentist for an appointment to check that you are healing properly.
With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can last for up to 20 years. Properly caring for your crown helps to ensure your smile continues to look and function its best in the future. Dental crowns should still be brushed and flossed twice a day just like the rest of your teeth.
There is a misconception among many patients that once they get a crown on a tooth, that tooth won’t develop cavities again in the future. But nothing is further from the truth. The reality is, teeth with crowns are just as prone, if not more, to cavities as other teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Remember, a cavity can develop around a crown just like an unrestored tooth, so it needs to be kept clean. Avoid chewing hard items, including ice cubes, popcorn or hard candy. If you play sports, talk to your dentist about using a mouth guard. If you constantly grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend you wear a guard to protect your teeth and their crowns from damage.
Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also essential. Your dentist can provide you with additional information about restoring the look of a damaged or chipped tooth using a dental crown.
Contact an Experienced Dentist for Your Dental Crown
With Dr. Wilner’s years of expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, the dental crowns at Care One Dental will enhance the health and appearance of your smile while also improving its function for years to come. You are sure to love the outcome, as this painless procedure produces a result that is more durable and lifelike than ever.
To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, contact Care One Dental today at 561-894-4299. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about dental crowns or any of our other procedures.