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Dental CrownA dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that’s placed over a tooth to revive its form and size, strength, and improve its look. Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that cannot be removed once cemented into place. It totally covers the complete visible part of a tooth that lies above than the gum line. It is not a removable device, unlike dentures which can be taken out and cleaned daily. A crown can only be removed by a dentist.

Dental Crown is the more recommended option

Since strengthening the damaged enamel is not possible, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.

  • to safeguard a weak tooth from decay and breakage
  • to revive a broken tooth as well as one that has been severely worn down
  • to hide and support a tooth with an oversized filling if there is not a lot of it left
  • to naturally cement teeth in place
  • to hide misshaped or severely stained teeth
  • to cover a dental implant
  • to make a cosmetic modification

There are several materials that can be used to build a crown. Your dental professionals can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

The Treatment Procedure

Dental TreatmentIt usually takes two separate appointments for a dentist to place a dental crown.

The first visit involves:

  1.  The dentist will first prepare and shape the tooth for placement.
  2. The crown is customized to match your missing tooth, so the dentist will take impressions of the same to get the best results.
  3. When placing the temporary crown, the time needed to perform these steps lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.

The second appointment involves:

  1. Cementing the finished crown into place.
  2. Taking about 20 minutes or so make sure complications don’t develop on account of the new crown.

The dental laboratory fabricating the crown from scratch using the impressions taken in the first visit. Two weeks or so are usually assigned for this process.

Life span of a dental crown

To prevent damaging your new crown, avoid chewing hard foods. It is vital to stay the crown even as clean as you would your natural teeth. Crowns will last a lifetime but sometimes they may become loose or fall out. The most vital step you will ensure the longevity of your crown is to conduct proper oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily with prescribed products. It is best to consult your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

To schedule an appointment call @ 1-817-496-2343