Dental Crowns Replace
Missing or Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns are used to fill gaps left by missing or damaged teeth and to restore a full smile. A crown is a cover or a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its normal size, shape and function. Teeth caps or crowns improve an individual’s ability to bite or chew when they are experiencing a missing or unstable tooth. A cap is used to restore a tooth’s strength and appearance
Benefits of Dental Crowns:
- Cover a tooth when a cavity is too large for a filling
- Replace a missing tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a cracked, weak or worn down tooth
- Protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
- Conceal or cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Improve the appearance of a smile
Crowns and teeth caps are made from several different types of material, including ceramics, porcelain crowns, metal alloys, composite resin and combinations of these. The article is often colored to blend with the natural teeth. Dr. Glenn will create a crown that looks completely natural and fits comfortably within the oral cavity. We will consider the following factors when considering the material of the crown:
- The location of the tooth. For example, is the tooth visible?
- The position of the gum line
- The patient’s preference
- The portion of tooth that is visible
- The color or shade of the tooth
- The tooth’s function
The Dental Crowns Procedure
Two dental visits are usually needed to complete the dental crown procedure. The dentist first prepares the tooth by removing the outer portion. This will remove any decay and allow the crown to fit firmly on the tooth. If any additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, Dr. Glenn may need to build or restore the core of the tooth. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to the lab where a tooth cap that fits correctly and looks natural will be created.
A temporary crown will be placed on the prepared tooth while the porcelain crown is being manufactured. The temporary crown may be more sensitive to hot and cold, and the patient should avoid chewing gum or eating sticky food during this time. When the crown has been completed by the laboratory technician, the dentist will place it on the tooth and cement it into place.
Caring for Porcelain Crowns and Teeth Caps
After the newly fabricated crown is cemented into place, the patient should continue to brush two times a day and floss daily to remove plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that attach to the teeth. Oral care products with the ADA seal of acceptance are approved by the American Dental Association for safety and effectiveness. The patient should avoid chewing hard food, ice or objects, and this is especially important for individuals who have received tooth-colored crowns. Regular exams and professional teeth cleanings should be continued every six months.