Definition of a Dental Crown
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is permanently placed over a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or accident or wear and tear. The cap will make the tooth look like new and will also make it stronger than the damaged tooth. Like bridges, Dental crowns are permanent and are only removed by a dentist. Dental Crowns can be made of:
- Metal Alloys
The dentist will help you determine which material is best depending on the location of the dental crown. For instance, back teeth need stronger materials such as metal or gold. If you receive acrylic, ceramic, or porcelain, the crown will be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
8 Reasons You May Need a Crown
Sometimes teeth are too damaged to fix and must be covered with a crown. Here are 8 reasons your dentist may recommend a crown for you:
- You need a filling, but it is very large and very little of your natural tooth remains intact.
- Your tooth is weak and ready to crack.
- Your tooth is already cracked.
- You have had a root canal.
- You have a dental implant to fix a missing tooth.
- You are getting a bridge.
- Your tooth is poorly shaped.
- Your tooth is poorly colored.
Having Your Dental Crown Made
The first step in making a crown is to reduce your natural tooth so that a cap can be placed over it. If you are having a crown put over an implant, you will have the process done first. Once the tooth is reduced or the implant is in place, you will have an impression made using a mold.
The impression goes to our lab so that the crown can be made according to the doctor’s specifications, using the right material and making the teeth match your natural teeth if appropriate.
After the impression, the dentist will place a crown into your mouth. Creating the crown takes several days, so the temporary will help you chew and function normally until the permanent crown is created.
When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent is cemented onto the tooth or anchored onto the dental implant. Like bridges, a crown is permanent and should only be removed by the dentist.
Taking Care of Your Crown
Dental Crowns are made to last forever, however, can come loose or even fall out. Taking care of your crown like you do your natural teeth will help keep this from happening.
You should do the following:
- Brush and floss daily
- See the dentist regularly
- Avoid eating hard foods
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