dental crowns Category
Dental crowns help save broken or fractured teeth; play a large role in fixed prostheses; are often the final step to complete endodontic therapy; and can complete these and more in an aesthetically beautiful fashion. Once your crown has been cemented in place, the care needed is little more than what you do for all your teeth. Your dentist will demonstrate the best way to floss around a crowned tooth; and then you’re good to go.
Dental crowns can be made from different materials. The location of the tooth requiring treatment may dictate which material is chosen for your needs. However, porcelain crowns have gained in popularity due to their aesthetics; and improvements have shown they can be used throughout the mouth.
Preparing For Your Crown
Treatment with dental crowns involves a few dental visits and a couple of weeks. The tooth is prepared by filing down much of the visible part of the tooth leaving a base for the crown to be attached. Your dentist will take impressions which the lab will use to fabricate the crown.
Your dentist will provide any additional information that will allow the lab to make a crown that will match neighboring teeth in size, shape, and shade.
After that initial visit, you will have a temporary covering in place. It is there to protect the prepped area, but is not permanently bonded in place so you will want to avoid using that tooth to chew (especially sticky or crunching foods) so as not to dislodge it. If the temporary should come off, your dentist will replace it.
In about two weeks your final restoration will be ready. Your dentist will try it in for fit and comfort. If needed, minor adjustments can be made at this time. When perfect, the crown will be permanently cemented in place.
Crown Do’s and Don’ts
Once your crown is finished, you can eat or drink whatever you wish (you might give your crown about 24 hours before eating anything crunchy or sticky). But after that, you can consume whatever you have always enjoyed.
Do: Brush and floss daily using a fluoridated toothpaste. While your crown will not experience decay, the base of the tooth and gum tissue must still be given the appropriate care to prevent future problems.
Don’t: Chew on ice or hard objects.
Do: Visit our team at Bliss Dental for cleaning and dental exams regularly.
Dental crowns have been used to protect and strengthen teeth for a very long time. The improved materials used coupled with additional applications have only made their use much more helpful in maintaining healthy dentition.
Broken, fractured, or severely decayed teeth can be saved with a dental crown. Once a tooth is broken or is no longer treatable due to extensive decay, the tooth is modified leaving enough of the base to cement a crown in place. Maintaining the base of the tooth is important … although many patients may believe extraction is a better option, once a tooth is removed the empty space can result in many problems. Maintaining original dentition is almost always a better solution to extraction.
If bacteria has permeated the tooth or a trauma has occurred where the nerve has sustained damage, a root canal (endodontic therapy) may be required to save the tooth. An small access point is created in the tooth; the contents of the root canals are removed; and the access point is sealed. Sealing the tooth is often completed using a dental crown.
If tooth loss should occur, the patient may wish to replace missing dentition with either a partial or bridge. An even more permanent means to tooth replacement involves dental implants. A crown is used to complete this type of tooth replacement.
Crowns Are Better Than Ever
The materials used with dental crowns today provide a seamless and practically undetectable repair option. Advancements made in aesthetics, strength, and endurance make today’s crowns so much more important to dentistry than the metals or gold used in crowns for so many years.
Porcelain crowns can be made to match the size, contour, and color of surrounding teeth making the addition of a dental crown an ideal treatment option.
Caring for Crowns
Once your dental crown has been cemented in place, the same care you extend for all your teeth is all that is needed. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss every day to remove what your toothbrush missed and to help maintain gum health (your dentist will demonstrate the correct technique to floss a crowned tooth); and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning.
Dental restorations can range from relatively small fillings to extensive work that requires restructuring of the tooth, root canal treatment, or dental crowns. If a tooth has been severely damaged, a crown might be necessary to keep it intact and prevent eventual removal.
Types of Tooth Restorations
Your dentist must perform a tooth restoration if your tooth has been damaged or has experienced decay. Small to medium cavities can be restored with fillings, in which the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with dental amalgam or with a tooth-colored resin. However, if the cavity is extremely large, or if you experience additional decay in a tooth that has already been filled, a crown might be necessary.
Very severe cavities, cracks in the teeth, or broken-off teeth might require a root canal treatment. This procedure is necessary if the tooth’s interior becomes infected. A dentist or endodontist removes the infected tissue from inside the tooth, then fills it and fits the tooth with a dental crown.
Common Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns were once used routinely for cosmetic purposes, but now your dentist is more likely to recommend dental veneers for purely aesthetic treatment. Crowns are more invasive than veneers, and so are usually reserved for restorations. In order to place a crown, the underlying tooth must be reshaped to fit inside it, which usually involves removing a substantial amount of the enamel and dentin. The crown is custom-made to fit your tooth and to complement your bite, and is permanently fixed in place with special cement.
In general, your dentist will recommend dental crowns if:
- Your tooth is cracked
- Your tooth has broken off
- Your tooth has been treated with root canal therapy
- Your tooth is severely decayed
- You are suffering from decay in a tooth that has already been filled
Dental crowns can be constructed of metal, tooth-colored resins, porcelain, or metal bound with porcelain. Talk to your dentist about what type of crown is best for your particular restoration.
Dental crowns are commonly used for restorations in teeth that have been broken off, heavily decayed, or that have undergone root canal therapy. They are strong enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear and the pressures of biting and chewing. The materials used to make crowns don’t generally require any additional care beyond everyday brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Most dental crowns don’t require special care. However, depending upon what the crown is made of, you might need to take some minor precautions to avoid damaging or staining it.
Crowns are generally made of:
- Metal, usually gold or stainless steel
- Metal bonded with porcelain
- Tooth-colored resins
Metal crowns are more commonly used for back teeth (molars) because they are stronger and less likely to chip under the regular stress of chewing. They are also less aesthetically pleasing on front teeth than crowns made of tooth-colored materials. Metal bonded with porcelain is also a popular choice for back teeth, combining the advantages of metal with those of porcelain.
Porcelain crowns are more susceptible to chipping or breaks. If you have porcelain crowns, whether they are on front or back teeth, you should avoid biting down on hard objects of any kind. Be sure to brush and floss regularly. If you have difficulty flossing between teeth that have been crowned, ask your dentist for solutions to prevent gum disease from developing between these teeth.
Having a Tooth Crowned
Crowns are typically placed in a two-step process. First, your dentist takes a mold of your tooth, then he reshapes the tooth to make room for the crown. A temporary crown is affixed to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is constructed. When the crown is ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have it set into place permanently. Your tooth and the jaw around it might be sore for a short time after treatment, but overall having a tooth crowned is a straightforward procedure.
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Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or trauma, or which have been treated with root canal therapy. The crown keeps the tooth intact and functional. Porcelain crowns are used when you prefer a more natural-looking restoration, such as for front teeth.
Uses for Porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns are generally used for restorations, though in the past they have also been used for cosmetic reasons. If your tooth has been seriously damaged due to decay, or if it has cracked as a result of trauma or because it’s been treated with large fillings, a crown is often the best choice for restoration. In most cases, a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal is fitted with a crown to keep it strong and usable.
Porcelain crowns are made in an off-site laboratory to exactly match the shape and color of the tooth being treated. After the decay is removed, your family dentist will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth. The permanent crown should be ready in a few days, at which time you’ll return to the dentist to have it set in place with a strong adhesive.
Choosing a Dental Crown
The type of crown you choose depends upon your preferences, the preferences of your dentist, and which tooth is being treated. Crowns can be made of metal, as well, and this is still a common choice, especially for back teeth. Porcelain crowns are used for aesthetic reasons, for example when front teeth must be restored. Other options include metal bonded with porcelain, which adds strength while maintaining a natural appearance.
If your tooth has been broken off, it can be restored with a crown, but you might require preliminary treatment to expose part of the tooth root so the crown has a solid foundation. A crown lengthening procedure is usually used to provide this foundation. If you require this type of preparation, you’ll have to wait for your gums to heal before your crown can be put in place.
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Dental crowns are commonly used for restorations when teeth have been broken, severely cracked, severely decayed, or have been treated with a root canal procedure. Crowns were once exclusively made of metal, but now there are more available options.
Types of Dental Crowns
For many years, dental crowns were mostly made of gold, although some crowns, usually used on younger patients’ baby teeth, were made of stainless steel. Now, if you need a crown you can choose from a few different options, depending upon the location of the crown and how much stress it is likely to have to endure.
The basic types of crowns are:
- Metal—gold crowns are still a popular option, especially for molars
- Porcelain—these tooth-colored crowns are popular for front teeth
- Bonded metal—metal bonded with porcelain, these crowns are both natural looking and strong
The type of crown you choose to have is based on where it will be located and upon your personal preference. A gold crown is very functional for molars, but if you prefer to have a tooth-colored crown, you can choose porcelain or bonded metal. However, porcelain tends to wear more quickly than metal, especially on molars where it is subjected to much stronger biting and chewing pressure. Your dentist can help you decide on the best choice that incorporates functionality, durability, and attractiveness.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are most often used for restorations that cannot be repaired with a filling. Most commonly, they are used on teeth that:
- Are severely decayed
- Are broken off
- Need restoration and have already been treated with a filling
- Are cracked
- Have been treated with a root canal procedure
The crown helps keep the tooth intact and also provides strength so the tooth can endure everyday wear and tear from eating. Crowns are custom-made to exactly fit your tooth and complement the rest of your teeth to maintain a proper bite.
Are you needing a crown? Call us at Bliss Dental to make your appointment or consultation today!
It can be very disappointing to have dental work and have it turn out differently than you expected. If you’ve had dental work that has left your teeth looking uneven, discolored, or just not the way you want them to look, a cosmetic dentist can help correct the issues so you can be proud of your smile again.
Problems with Your Dental Work
In most cases, dental work helps successfully restore or repair damaged or decayed teeth. Usually, the results do not detract from the look of your smile. Fillings or dental crowns in the back teeth are not readily visible, and work done on front teeth is placed in such a way that it is invisible, or is performed with tooth-colored materials.
Sometimes, however, dental work can result in problems like cracked teeth, discoloration, misalignment, or dark-colored fillings that are easily visible. In these cases, you can work with a cosmetic dentist to determine the best approach to restoring your smile to normal.
Options for Restoring Your Smile
The first step for repairing your teeth is to consult with a cosmetic dentist. You’ll discuss what it is about your teeth you don’t like and what the best options are to repair them. For example, if past dental work has led your teeth to crack or chip, your teeth can be restored with tooth-colored dental crowns or with veneers, depending upon the type of damage.
Some cosmetic dentistry options that can help fix dental work you’re not pleased with include:
- Replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings
- Tooth-colored dental crowns
- Porcelain veneers
- Inlays and onlays
These procedures, or a combination of procedures, can correct the problems that exist with your smile. You and your dentist will decide together on what the right approach is to give you the results you want.
To find out more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of, please contact the office of Dr. Sweta Sheth at 972-307-7777 to schedule a consultation.
Dental crowns are one of many available treatments to correct the look of your teeth. They’re also used to restore damaged teeth and to protect teeth that have undergone root canal procedures. If your teeth are damaged or decayed, crowns can greatly improve their appearance.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Crowns are primarily used for restorations. This includes teeth that have been broken off, severely cracked, or that are seriously decayed. Treatment with dental crowns can dramatically improve the way these teeth look as well as protecting them from further damage.
If a tooth has suffered severe nerve damage, it might require a root canal. After the root canal procedure is performed, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect it. With a tooth-colored crown, your tooth will appear natural. Tooth-colored crowns are usually made of porcelain, a strong, durable material that can be color-matched to your teeth. They can also be made of metal covered with porcelain, which will also give you a natural-looking, long-lasting restoration.
Getting a Dental Crown
Your dentist uses a two-part procedure to place a crown. First, your dentist makes a mold of your unaltered tooth. Then the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. A portion of the tooth must be removed, then the dentist makes a mold of the modified tooth and places a temporary crown. This temporary crown helps protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being manufactured.
After about two or three days, your permanent crown will be ready. You then return to the office to have it cemented into place. After the crown is set into place, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to be sure your bite is restored to normal. This can involve minute modifications to the crown’s surface. If you experience any discomfort after going home with your new crown, you should let your dentist know. This kind of discomfort often occurs because your bite has not been completely adjusted.
Contact the dental office of Dr. Sweta Sheth at 972-307-7777 to reserve your appointment today.
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