Dental Crowns from Cosmic Smiles for Kids and Adult Dentistry
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic tooth devices. Unlike dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, dental crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, removable only by a dentist.
How do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns are used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance,. Dental crowns can be placed on dental implants to provide tooth-like shape and structure . Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials such as alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be suggested for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Reasons your dentist may recommend a dental crown:
- Replace a filling when the tooth has become too decayed to support a fillingProtect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a broken tooth
- Attach a dental bridge
- Cover up a dental implant
- Cover discolored or poorly shaped teeth
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
How are Dental Crowns Made?
Before a dental crown is made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit over it properly. After this reduction, an impression will be taken to provide a mold for the crown. If porcelain is to be used, the correct color will determined to match the color of your existing teeth.
Using this impression your crown will be created. A temporary crown will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent dental crown is being made. When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed, and the new crown will be cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.
How Long do Crowns Last?
While dental crowns can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings at Cosmic Smiles for Kids and Adult Dentistry.