All About Crowns

September 28, 2022

dental crownsYour teeth show up to work every day. They chew whatever you throw at them without complaints and the wear and tear of the job may start to impact their effectiveness. Over time you may break a tooth, notice discoloration, decay, or need a dental implant. Instead of losing a compromised tooth, dental crowns can be installed to restore tooth strength, shape, and appearance.

What Are Dental Crowns

When you think of crowns, think of little protective hard hats for your tooth. There are many reasons why a crown might need to be installed, but the biggest reason is to protect your tooth from further damage. We will be teaching you all about crowns and what to expect from your dentist when an installation is necessary.

Different Types Of Crowns

Traditionally, a crown would cover the full tooth and that option is still available. However, if the foundation of the tooth is not compromised there are onlay and ¾ crown options that cover the tooth partially after the impacted area has been removed.

Though historically, crown material options were limited to porcelain or gold fused to metal, there are now material variations that can be considered. Metals, such as stainless steel or gold, are a great choice for endurance, but the metallic color of the crown may sway people from choosing it. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is an appealing option due to the color being similar to the natural color of the teeth. If you suffer from metal allergies, then this material would not be a good fit.

All-resin crowns are less expensive than porcelain, but they are more prone to fractures. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are great alternatives to the fused-to-metal options and have high durability but they tend to be more expensive.

What To Expect

As with any routine dental visit, x-rays will be performed at the start of the appointment to determine if there is tooth decay, risk of infection, or damage to the inner tooth. If a procedure needs to take place and a crown is needed, it is likely that an imprint of the tooth will be needed to create the crown. You will be asked to bite down into a mold for the permanent crown. Typically, the permanent crown will be received within 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, your dentist will provide a temporary crown.

While you wait for your permanent crown, you will have to take care of the temporary crown. We recommend avoiding chewy, sticky, hard, and fibrous foods. When flossing attempt to slide the floss out versus lifting it out of the teeth. Lastly, minimize chewing on the side of the mouth with the temporary crown.

After the permanent crown is received, you will return for the installation. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, ensure the permanent crown fits properly, apply local anesthesia, and seal the crown onto the tooth using cement.

Make Your Oral Care A Priority

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or recently chipped, broke, or fractured a tooth we offer same-day dental appointments. When dealing with oral health issues it is best to see a professional as soon as possible to ensure minimal damage is done to the tooth. We are here to address any concerns you may have, contact us today and let us help you.