If you are like most of us, at some point in your life you will probably be told that you need a dental crown—a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth.
A crown is designed to restore a tooth to its normal shape and size when, for example, it is fractured, has a large old filling or has been severely damaged by decay. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, cover dental implants and cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped.
Because a crown replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level, it makes the tooth stronger and improves its appearance. Full porcelain crowns are probably the most popular because they can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel while providing strength and resilience. But crowns can also be made of porcelain fused to metal or all metal.
The process of getting a crown can usually be completed in two visits. On the first visit, your dentist will shape your existing tooth to allow space for the new crown. An impression of the prepared tooth and jaw will be taken to help create the proper bite relationship. A shade of porcelain will be selected to match the new crown to your surrounding teeth.
A temporary crown will be created to cover the prepared tooth so you will be comfortable while waiting for your permanent crown to be made at a dental lab.
At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the fit of the new crown. If the new crown fits and the color is correct, he will cement the crown in place and make sure it fits with the bite of your other teeth.
Dental crowns last on average from 10 to 20 years with proper care. You should take care to brush and floss around crowned teeth to prevent them from needing replacement too often.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.