All about Dental Crowns – Dental Crowns Used to Fix Teeth!

a tooth before and after with a new dental crownDental crowns are just like they sound – a porcelain or other material formed to look like your natural teeth and permanently adhered to existing teeth. These crowns are used to cover missing gaps (as in bridges), or otherwise repair teeth for a multiple of reasons.

How do Crowns Work?

Crowns are simply a ‘cover’ or a ‘cap’ for a damaged tooth providing extra strength, or to improve appearance, alignment or the shape of the tooth.

Since crowns are most often porcelain or ceramic, they can closely match color of your natural teeth, and be nearly indistinguishable. Other materials are used, including gold and metal alloys, ceramic and acrylic as these alloys are generally stronger than porcelain. For strength (especially on back teeth), sometimes porcelain is bonded to a metal shell.

Some of the reasons your dentist might recommend a crown:

• To protect a tooth that is already weak or to restore a tooth that has fractured or is already damaged.
• To attach a bridge in order to close a missing tooth.
• In order to put an attractive tooth on a dental implant.
• To cover a tooth damaged by a root canal.
• Aesthetically enhance a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.

What is the crown process?

To fabricate a crown, the tooth must first be ‘reduced’ to allow the dentist to measure for a proper fit. Once the tooth is at the size required for a crown, an impression will be made to provide an exact mold for the lab to build the crown. With porcelain, the next step is for you and your dentist to determine the correct shade for the crown to match the color of your existing teeth.

Your dentist twill then install a temporary crown while the lab makes your permanent one. A quick trip back to the dentist allows the removal of the temporary and installation of the permanent crown.

Crowns last a lifetime!

Like the rest of your teeth, crowns can last a lifetime given proper care. Twice daily brushing and flossing, plus regular checkups at the dentist will help keep the gum and teeth holding the crown healthy and securely holding your new crown.

Just to make sure, avoid chewing any hard objects like ice!

Dr. Abeyta and her team are experts at all areas of cosmetic dentistry and have performed thousands of successful crown installations. Contact us today!