Dental crowns serve as a secure way to fill-in gaps and help restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth. A crown can also help you bite and chew much better, which can positively impact other systems in your body, such as your digestive system.
Somerset Dental Associates offer a variety of handcrafted crown styles. Your dentist will help you determine what crown is best for you based upon your budget, aesthetic preferences, and inherent body chemistry.
What is a crown?
A crown is tooth-shaped cover or “cap” your dentist puts on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, function and appearance. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
You may need a crown if you:
• Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
• Have a missing tooth and need a bridge
• Need to cover a dental implant
• Want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile
• Have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
• Have had root canal treatment as the crown will protect the restored tooth
What is a dental crown made from?
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
Your dentist wants to create a crown that looks natural and fits comfortably in your mouth. To decide on the material for your crown, your dentist will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the patient’s preference, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shape of the tooth, and the function of the tooth.
Several steps are involved in the placement of dental crowns, and two dental visits are generally needed to complete treatment.
• The dentist prepares the tooth by removing the outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed at that time. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
• An impression is made to provide an exact model to help make the crown.
• You will receive a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent crown to be ready. This will usually be less than two weeks. While you have the temporary crown, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods during this time.
• The dentist or laboratory technician then uses the model to help make the crown.
• When the new crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
Caring for your teeth
To prevent damage to a crown, there are a few things you can do:
• Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove any plaque from the tooth. Look for oral care products that have proper identifying seals accepted by your dentist.
• Avoid chewing hard foods, eating ice or other hard objects. This is especially important for tooth-colored crowns.
• Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleaning.