A crown is a type of restoration placed over a tooth to help strengthen it, restore its shape or size, and improve its appearance. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth and can last a long time if properly cared for. If a crown is placed over a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or otherwise vulnerable, it can help protect the tooth from further damage while improving its health.
After getting a crown placed, patients will need to practice good oral hygiene so that the gums and teeth stay healthy and strong. Regular brushing twice daily and flossing once daily are recommended to keep the teeth and gums clean.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
A crown or cap is custom-crafted to fit over the tooth to protect it from further damage and restore its appearance. Typically, a crown is made from porcelain or ceramic and designed to match the patient’s smile. To prepare the tooth for the crown, the dentist will gently file it down to allow the crown to sit flush against the natural tooth enamel. Then, an impression of the prepared tooth will be taken so the patient can receive their customized restoration as soon as possible.
In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the prepared tooth. Once the custom-made crown arrives from the dental laboratory, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent one is placed and secured with dental cement.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are custom-made caps that fit snugly over a tooth to protect it from further damage or decay. They are made from porcelain and match the color, shape, and size of your other teeth.
Dental crowns are often used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. They also cover and protect a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left to place a filling.
A broken or fractured tooth also requires a crown to protect the remaining healthy structure and prevent future damage. Porcelain crowns also support bridges that replace one or more missing teeth. They sit on top of the two neighboring teeth that serve as anchors.
Once in place, your dental crown will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth and it can last for many years with proper care. It is normal to experience some wear over time and, eventually, the crown will need to be replaced. However, with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, you can expect it to last up to a decade or more.
To learn more about how dental crowns can strengthen and protect your teeth, visit Western Iowa Dental at 1509 Ave G, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, or call (712) 325-1544.