Crowns, or caps as they are sometimes known, cover a patient’s entire tooth, bringing it back to its original size and shape. Fillings or other restorations are not always a good fit for every dental situation, and in those situations, the crown is king. Crowns serve the important purpose of strengthening and protecting the entire tooth structure.
Crowns come in many different materials, but the tooth-colored crowns, which are made of porcelain, are generally considered to be the best option because they deliver the closest approximation of what a natural tooth looks like.
Just like many other dental restorations, crowns are not necessarily a permanent solution. They may need to be replaced one day. However, you can extend the life of your crowns by maintaining good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, not smoking, and making sure to see your dentist for regular checkups. Patients who follow these guidelines should get many years of use out of their crowns, which will contribute to the patient having an attractive, long-lasting smile.
There are many reasons why a patient would be a candidate for a crown. Some of them are:
At Empress Walk Dental, we are typically able to install crowns in a patient’s mouth in only one appointment due to our powerful CEREC technology. In instances where the crown must be created in an off-site dental laboratory, the patient must have extremely accurate molds/impressions taken and then return at a later date for second appointment to finish the crown procedure.
When the procedure begins, the dentist will numb the tooth before taking any decay out of the mouth. Then, the area will be prepared for the procedure by being cleaned and then shaped to be able to accommodate the new crown. When CEREC technology is not available, the dentist will at this point place a temporary crown as a placeholder until the permanent crown can be created by a dental laboratory.
In these cases, the followup appointment will consist of the dentist inserting the new crown into the patient’s mouth. To make sure that the spacing and the bite are normal, the dentist will perform this part of the procedure very carefully.
Once the new crown has been installed in the patient’s mouth, the dentist will give the patient careful instructions about how to care for the crown during the healing process and throughout the life of the restoration. It is key that the patient not only listen to what the dentist has to say but also be prepared to follow the instructions as soon as they get home from the procedure.