Practice Treatments // Dental Crowns
What are dental crowns?
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Dental crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Dental crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, dental crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Dental crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Dental crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Procedure for dental crowns
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Dental crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
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How should I care for dental crowns?
With proper care, a good quality dental crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the dental crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a dental crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the dental crown.
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