Dental Crowns

Dental crowns – also referred to as dental caps – provide you with a solution for your damaged teeth. Crowns restore your teeth that have been damaged by decay and/or fracturing.

Purpose of a Crown


A dental crown helps prevent future decay and strengthens the structure of the tooth. Dental crowns also improve the alignment, shape and color of your tooth. Crowns are used to:

•  Restore a fractured tooth.
•  Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay.
•  Cover a dental implant (see below).
•  Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth.
•  Protect a tooth from fracture.
•  Anchor a bridge.


Types of Crowns


There are different types of tooth crowns available:

•  Gold Tooth Crowns
•  Stainless Steel Tooth Crowns
•  Ceramic Tooth Crowns
•  All-Resin Tooth Crowns
•  Porcelain and Metal Tooth Crowns

Temporary crowns can be made in our office, but your permanent tooth crown needs to be made in a dental laboratory. This may require you to have more than one dental visit pertaining to your crown.

Tooth Crown Procedure


When you come into our office, your tooth will be cleaned to remove the decayed and damaged areas. An x-ray is always taken before the tooth crown procedure, because you may need some other type of dental work to be done before you can receive a crown. For instance, you may need to have a root canal done if you are at risk of an infection, or if your tooth has extreme damage or decay.

After the damage and decay has been removed, your tooth will need to be shaped, so it can accept the crown that will be placed. We will file your tooth down during the shaping process. At this time, your tooth and gum tissue will be numb – anesthetized. Your tooth will be shaped to make room for the crown. Your tooth will be filed down – reshaped – to fit the particular crown you are receiving. For instance, less of your tooth will need to be removed if you are receiving a metal crown, because these types of crowns are thin.

You will receive a temporary crown until your permanent crown has come in. Once the crown has come in from the dental laboratory, we will remove your temporary crown, and your permanent crown will be cemented in.

Dental Bridges and Implants


You will need tooth crowns to bridge the gaps in your teeth together. This is known as a dental bridge. A dental bridge:

•  Restores Your Smile
•  Shapes Your Face
•  Keep Teeth from Drifting or Repositioning
•  Allow You To Chew and Speak Normally
•  Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants also use crowns to restore the teeth, but unlike dental implants, dental bridges are done with natural teeth. You will have an artificial root placed in your jaw, which will hold your dental bridge or replacement tooth.

Caring for Your Dental Crowns


If you have a temporary crown, you will need to avoid any foods that are chewy or sticky. These foods could pull out your crown. Do not eat on the side of your mouth that has the crown, but if you do, minimize the usage. It is best not to eat hard foods while you have a temporary crown because these types of foods can break or dislodge your temporary crown.

When your permanent crown has been placed, you will need to follow proper dental hygiene: brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and regular visits to our office. Permanent crowns can last up to 15 years if you follow proper dental hygiene.



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