Dental crowns have been used for decades to save teeth that have been cracked, broken, or suffered from severe dental decay. For years they were made using metal or gold, but today many crowns are made from porcelain, which means your new restoration provides a much more pleasing aesthetic repair.
Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and your crown will be made to match the size, contour, and shade of surrounding teeth, thus making your dental crown virtually impossible to detect.
During your six month cleaning appointment, diagnostic x-rays are taken that may detect the need for a crown. If a dental crown is recommended, your dentist will anesthetize the area and will then file down the natural tooth. This leaves enough of the tooth so the crown can be securely attached. A dental impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary will be placed on your prepared tooth to protect it until your crown is ready.
It takes about two weeks for a crown to be fabricated. Your dentist will try on your crown for fit and function. Small adjustments can be made chairside, if needed. When correct, the crown will be cemented into place.
You will be able to eat anything you wish, and even though your crown is securely in place your dentist may advise you against eating anything sticky like caramel to prevent dislodging your crown.
Dental crowns have many other purposes as well such as to seal a tooth following root canal therapy; as anchors for a fixed dental prosthesis; or as the final restoration for a dental implant.
No matter the reason for requiring a crown, caring for your new restoration is no different than what you do for all your teeth. Brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.
With the proper care, your dental crown is designed to serve you well for many years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at the office of Dr. Holloman today!