Dental crowns are caps that are placed over damaged teeth to repair them and bring them back to their regular function, size and shape. Crowns strengthen teeth and make them look normal again.
When Are Crowns Needed?
There are a variety of situations that call for a crown. For instance, you might need to cover a tooth that is improperly shaped or discolored. Fractured, weakened and worn teeth can also benefit from , , as do teeth that have cavities too large for fillings. They are also used following root canal treatment to protect the newly restored tooth.
What are Crowns Made of?
Many different materials (and combinations of materials) are used to form crowns, including composite resin, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal alloys and ceramics. When we make crowns, we color the material to match the rest of your teeth and ensure that it fits comfortably and naturally in your mouth.
Dr. Eshraghi will consider multiple factors when deciding which kind of material to use for your crown, such as the tooth’s location in the mouth and the position of the adjacent gum tissue. Other factors include the tooth’s function, its shade and color, and the amount of it that is shown while smiling. We will also take your personal preferences into account as well.
Procedure for Placing a Crown
We usually require two separate dental appointments to place a crown over a tooth, and it involves a multistep process. First, Dr. Eshraghi will prepare the tooth by taking off the outer layer to make room for the crown. He will also remove any decay and, if necessary, build up the core of the tooth if he needs to augment the tooth’s structure.
The next step is to make an impression of the tooth, either from a mold or a digital scan. This impression will act as a precise model for the crown as we’re crafting it. Making a crown takes about two weeks or less, but we also have an expedited process that allows us to get the entire procedure done in one visit.
Then we’ll install a temporary crown that will protect the prepared tooth until the permanent crown is completed. The tooth covered by the temporary crown will have an increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods, so avoid those along with sticky foods and gum until you get the final crown.
Once the crown is finished, Dr. Eshraghi will place it on the prepared tooth and make any needed adjustments. Once both of us are satisfied with its appearance and feel, we will cement it into place.
Taking Care of Your Crowns
Once your crowns are successfully installed, you can treat them just like natural teeth. However, crowns can still break, and the underlying tooth is still subject to cavities, so make sure to brush and floss every day. Also take care to avoid chewing ice, hard foods and objects. Doing so can damage tooth-colored crowns.
If you experience any problems with your crowns contact us right away, and don’t forget to come in for biannual dental exams and cleanings.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.