Crowns are the type of restoration that cover or “cap” the damaged tooth to restore the tooth to its normal shape, size, strength and appearance.
Crowns are used mostly when the broken-down teeth cannot be fixed by fillings or there is not enough tooth remaining for attaching a bridge, restoring fractured teeth, protect weak teeth from fracturing, covering badly shaped or discolored teeth, or supporting a large filling.
In case of a cracked tooth, crowns help to hold the tooth together to seal the crack and prevent the damage from worsening.
Fitting a Crown on Your Teeth
In order for the crown to fit over the tooth, the tooth is reduced to prepare for placing the crown. An impression of the teeth and gums are then taken and sent over to the lab to fabricate the permanent crown.
While waiting for the permanent crown to be made, a temporary crown is fitted over the tooth.
After the permanent crown is made, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented onto the tooth by the dentist.
Will People Notice?
A skilled dentist will create a crown that looks like a natural tooth. That is the reason an impression is taken for the fabrication of the permanent crown. The dentist takes into consideration factors such as color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth so the crowns are as natural looking as possible and hardly noticeable by other people.
You can also discuss with you dentist any cosmetic looks that you might have in mind. After the procedure, your teeth will become stronger and more attractive.
Are Crowns Better than Veneers?
Crowns are best suited for teeth that have significant loss of structure or for replacing missing teeth. While more of the tooth structure is to be removed, they cover more of the tooth than veneers and provide better support. Crowns can be placed either on dental implants or natural teeth.
Are Crowns Long Lasting?
The typical life of a crown is five to eight years, but, with good oral hygiene, they can last much longer. Bad habits such teeth grinding, ice chewing or fingernail biting can decrease their life span significantly.
Taking Care of Your Crowns
Prevent damage to your crowns by avoiding teeth grinding or chewing hard foods, hard objects or ice. It is also important that you clean between your teeth using floss or interdental cleaners on top of brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly.
Removing plaque especially from the crown area of tooth meeting gum can prevent dental decay and gum disease.