Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-looking “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The cap recovers the tooth’s shape and size, strength, and appearance. The crowns, when bonded into location, cover the visible portion of a tooth.

When would a dental crown be required?

A dental crown might be needed to:
  • safeguard a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • restore a busted tooth or a badly put on down tooth
  • cover and support a tooth with a big filling and very little tooth staying
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • cover misshaped or significantly blemished teeth
  • cover a tooth treated with a root canal
  • cover a dental implant

What types of crown materials are offered?

We offer all-porcelain dental crowns.

All-porcelain dental crowns supply the very best natural color match than other crown types. They are likewise an excellent option for people with mineral allergies.

What steps are included in equipping a tooth for a crown?

Two visits to the dentist are usually required.

At the very first visit, the tooth to get the crown is examined and prepared. X-rays are needed of the tooth and bone neighboring it. If decay is found, or there is a risk of contamination or injury to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal procedure may need to be done first.

Making room for the crown, the tooth to get it is filed down throughout the top and sides. The quantity of tooth filed away depends on the type of crown. If an excessive tooth is missing, due to harm or decay, a filling product is utilized to “develop” enough tooth structure for the crown to cover.

After improving the tooth, a paste or putty is made use of to make a copy of the tooth that will certainly be receiving the crown. Copies of the teeth above and below the tooth to receive the dental crown are also made. This is done making sure that the crown will certainly not impact your bite.

The impressions are normally sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory makes the crowns and returns them to our office in generally 2 to 3 weeks. During this first office visit, your dentist will certainly make a momentary crown to cover and safeguard the prepared tooth while the long-term crown is being made.

At the 2nd visit, the long-term crown is placed. First, the short-term crown is lifted, and the fit and appearance of the permanent crown is inspected. If everything is fine, an anesthetic is sometimes used to numb the tooth, and the new crown is completely cemented in location.

What problems could establish with a dental crown?

Discomfort or sensitivity. A newly-crowned tooth might be delicate instantly after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to diminish. If the tooth that needs to be crowned still has a nerve in it, there might be some heat and cold level of sensitivity. Our dentists might advise that you brush your teeth with toothpaste created for sensitive teeth. Discomfort or sensitivity that occurs when you bite down indicates that the crown is expensive on the tooth. If this is the case, call your dental professional. She or he can quickly repair this problem.

Broken crown. Crowns made of all porcelain can in some cases chip. Little chips can be fixed, and the crown might continue to be in the mouth. The crown might have to be replaced if the chip is big or when there are numerous chips.

Loose crown. Seldom the cement washes out from under the crown. Not only does this permit the crown to end up being loose, but it also allows germs to leak in and cause decay to the tooth that remains. If your crown feels loose, contact Troy Family Dental to schedule an appointment.

Crown falls off. Occasionally crowns fall off. This is because of an inappropriate fit or a lack of cement. If this occurs, call your dentist’s office instantly. He or she will give you certain guidelines on the best ways to look after your tooth and crown until you can be seen by Dr. Boatman or Dr. Spencer. They may be able to re-cement your crown in position; if not, a new crown will need to be made.

Allergic response. Because the metals utilized to make crowns are a mixture of metals, an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain made use of in crowns can take place. However, this is extremely unusual.

What are onlays and 3/4 crowns?

Onlays and 3/4 crowns are crowns that don’t incorporate as much of the underlying tooth as standard crowns. Traditional crowns cover the entire tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The life period of a crown depends upon the significance of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well oral health practices are followed, and your individual mouth-related practices.

Does a crowned tooth need any specialized care?

A crowned tooth does not require any special care. Nevertheless, the underlying tooth still requires it to be protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow great oral health practices, including brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing a day– specifically around the crown area where the gum fulfills the tooth. Also, avoid biting on difficult surface areas with porcelain crowns to prevent breaking the porcelain.