A crown is like a cap that covers the tooth to restore it to its original shape and size. They strengthen the tooth and restore its normal appearance. Crowns are usually made of porcelain fused to metal or an all ceramic material. A Crown is often needed following procedures such as root canals or when decay gets too deep in a tooth that it makes the tooth to weak for a filling.
Crowns are used in the instance of:
- Badly decayed teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Need to protect and strengthen teeth
Advantages to Dental Crowns
Crowns are used in many instances and there are several advantages to choosing crowns:
- Incredibly strong and durable, protecting the tooth structure
- Longer lasting than fillings
- Enhance the color of teeth
- Correct a misaligned bite
- Rebuild worn down teeth
Disadvantages to Dental Crowns
Crowns have few disadvantages due to their durability and can last up to 10 years or longer. Eventually, however, due to normal wear and tear they may need to be re-cemented or replaced. Jaw clenching, bruxism (teeth grinding), or hard foods or candy will significantly shorten the life of a crown.
Dental Crown Procedure
A tooth is prepped so the crown can fit on the tooth. The tooth is cleaned and your dentist will take an impression or mold of the tooth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory that will create a crown to fit your tooth. A temporary crown is cemented on the tooth until the permanent crown is completed. This procedure takes 2 visits about two weeks apart.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have decayed, fractured, or weak teeth that could benefit from a crown call us to schedule an appointment today at (734) 464-8020.