Our teeth can change a lot over time. Damage, decay, and general wear and tear can lead to the need for dental crowns. A crown, also known as a cap, is placed over teeth to change the appearance, size, or shape of the tooth. It is held in place by a specialist adhesive.
Crowns can be made from a number of materials including:
- Metal – these are often the strongest type of crowns and can be made from palladium, gold, or nickel. However, they do not look like real teeth so are often used for teeth at the back of the mouth
- Metal/porcelain fusion – because porcelain is a more realistic looking material, it is a popular choice, but isn’t as strong. But when fused over a metal crown, you can get the longevity of metal and the cosmetic appeal of porcelain.
- Resin – this is a cheaper material but doesn’t last as long as other types of crown
When would you need a dental crown?
There are many reasons you might need a dental crown. These include:
- Covering a tooth that has had extensive root canal treatment
- To stop a decayed or weak tooth from breaking
- To hold dental bridges in place that are replacing missing teeth
- Supporting a tooth with a large filling that needs extra support
- To complete a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
The process of fitting a crown
It usually requires more than one visit to assess and fit a dental crown. At your initial visit, your tooth will be examined and x-rayed. If necessary, any root canal work or fillings will be done.
The tooth will then be filed down in order for the crown to fit over it evenly. The amount of tooth removed depends on the level of damage and the type of crown you are receiving. For example, if you’re getting a metal crown, these are typically thinner so you won’t need to remove as much of the tooth.
Once the tooth has been shaped, an impression will be made of it and the teeth above or below. This will ensure that the crown fits your tooth perfectly and doesn’t affect your bite. A temporary crown will be fitted to protect the tooth.
On your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed. The newly made crown is checked for color and fit and then bonded to the tooth.
Caring for your crown
A good dental hygiene routine is vital to keep your mouth healthy. The remaining tooth around your crown can still develop cavities or decay.
Floss and brush regularly and visit your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.
If you experience issues with your crown, or it doesn’t feel right, get it to check by your dentist.
Take care of your smile with ÉLAN Dentistry
We are one of the leading providers of restorative dentistry in the La Habra, California area. We can assess your teeth and discuss options for restoring a beautiful smile. Contact a member of the team on 562-553-ÉLAN for a friendly, non-judgmental consultation.