There could be instances when you chip off your tooth, or there could be extensive decay or damage that cannot be restored by simple dental fillings. These require special cap-shaped fittings known as “crowns”.
Marvin Taylor DDS offers durable crowns to restore damaged or decayed teeth and protect them from further damage. This also aids in enhancing your smile and overall appearance to boost your self-confidence.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is an effective treatment that involves replacing a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth with an artificial cap-like structure made up of different materials.
It acts like a strong protective covering preventing further damage to the tooth. The crown is customized according to your natural teeth, thus it is an excellent way to restore your smile too.
Why are crowns recommended?
Your dentist may recommend a crown if you:
- Have a broken or misshapen tooth
- Have a weak tooth due to trauma or damage
- Require a large filling which may compromise your tooth structure weakening it
- Have a dental implant
- Need to get a root canal
- Have a broken tooth that needs protection
- Need to hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a severally stained tooth
How is dental crown placement performed?
Dental crown placement usually requires two visits:
- First visit
- Your dentist will first examine the affected tooth.
- Then the tooth will be prepared by:
- Removing the decayed part
- Removing a part of the enamel
- Root canal, if required
- Building up the tooth to provide a foundation for the crown
- Your dentist will take a dental impression to determine the measurements for crown fabrication.
- You will be sent home with a temporary crown for protection.
- Second visit
- Your dentist will remove your temporary crown.
- The permanent crown will be evaluated to check for color, fit, and shape.
- The new crown will be bonded to your tooth using dental cement.
How should I care for the crown?
Post-crown placement care is important because this can help extend its lifespan and durability. With proper care and precautions, a dental crown can last up to 5 to 15 years.
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Avoid crown-damaging activities like grinding your teeth, or biting your nails.
- Avoid hard and sticky foods
Dental crowns are common procedures to restore your tooth structure and function when damaged or decayed. Dentists provide a variety of crowns based on your individual needs and preferences.
Crowns are durable but not indestructible. But with regular dental visits and good oral hygiene, you can keep your crown in good condition for years to come.