Crowns are dental devices that are permanently attached to one of your natural teeth or a dental implant. While they are most often used to fix damaged teeth and cover implants, we also install them to improve a tooth's form and function.
Crowns are made using materials that resemble natural teeth, lending much to their popularity. Ceramic crowns are made entirely made of porcelain or another glass-like substance. We also offer crowns made from more than one substance.
Advantages of Crowns
Dental crowns have several benefits. First of all, the process used in crafting them makes them resemble natural teeth on a level other methods of restoration cannot match. The types of ceramics used in fabrication are very biocompatible and just as rough as the enamel of the tooth to which the crown is affixed.
The procedure usually needs more than one visit, and we place a temporary crown before we affix the permanent one. However, we offer a procedure that allows us to skip the temporary crown and install the permanent crown in one visit. Ceramic crowns also offer shiny smiles because they reflect light just like a regular tooth.
For some patients, such as those with bruxism (teeth grinding) who put excessive pressure on their teeth, we can make extra-strength ceramic crowns. People who have had other dental work done (like a root canal) that could end up damaged or compromised if the crowns break will also need stronger crowns. If a tooth has fracture lines, then they are at a higher risk of cracking and need a stronger crown.
Longevity of Crowns
Your crowns will last for the rest of your life if you take good care of them, and that means practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding bad habits. If you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, eat a healthy diet, avoid chewing hard objects or using your teeth as tools, and come in for dental checkups twice a year, you can prolong the life of your crowns. However, even if they are properly cared for, they can occasionally become loose or come out.
Once the crown is placed on your tooth, it might feel uncomfortable once the anesthesia wears off, in which case we'll prescribe special toothpaste to help with sensitivity. Sometimes patients suffer pain when biting. This indicates that the crown is placed at too high a point on the tooth. Contact us so we can adjust it.
Crowns can come loose if the material used to cement them to the teeth loosens or if the tooth becomes decayed. If this happens to you, clean the tooth and crown, contact us, and we'll reattach it. Also, if the cement comes loose a gap is formed that bacteria can enter. If your crowns feel loose, call us.
Crowns made partly or entirely of porcelain can chip, and if this happens, we can repair them. However, if the chip is more extensive, we may need to install a replacement crown. In rare cases, patients can have allergic reactions to the substances used for crowns.
For more information, please contact our office at (970) 812-3959.