Dental Crown is one of many cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Radiant Dental in Buford, GA to enhance your smile. You may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, and the all-metal crown. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Metal or alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Dental crowns are recommended to correct one of these conditions:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Procedure for getting a Crown:
- Treatment planning – During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure crowns(s) are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. We may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Tooth Preparation – Remove decay, prepares and shapes the tooth.
- Make an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown to match the color of your existing teeth.
- The impression is then sent to a dental lab where they make your crown, in the material your dentist specifies. The dentist makes and fits a temporary or transitional crown made out of plastic or metal to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made. When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary is removed, and the new crown is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.
How to Care for Your Temporary Crown
Because temporary crowns are just a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready, we suggest that your take few precautions. These include:
- Avoid using the side of your mouth that the temporary crown is on. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
- Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
- Slide flossing material out-rather than lifting out-when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss out, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown
Dental Crown FAQs
How Long do Crowns Last?
While crown can last a very long time, it’s life span depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. You should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Crowns sometimes come loose or fall out if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
How Much Do Crowns Cost?
Cost of crowns vary depending on the type of material selected. For example, porcelain crowns are typically more expensive than gold crowns, which are typically more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Typically, crowns can range in cost from $600 to $1500 or more per crown. Insurance usually covers portion of the cost, so check with your dental insurance company to be certain.
What Complications could occur with Dental Crowns?