Everybody would like to feel like a king or queen now and again wouldn’t they? Well, we think your teeth are special and we would like to see you enjoy them for a lifetime. This may require you to have a crown – Fit for a Tooth!
Why has my dentist recommended a crown for my tooth?
As you age your teeth age too. When cavities, large fillings, trauma and even normal chewing habits cause your teeth to breakdown over time, your dentist can give it a new lease on life by advising that a protective, artificial, covering called a dental crown or cap be placed over the tooth. A crown is tooth-shaped and fits over a weakened tooth to protect it from further deterioration or fracture. A crown is recommended after root canal treatment and is also placed over dental implants.
So, what’s involved?
Normally, you will require two dental appointments to complete a crown procedure. Your first visit is the preparation stage where a thin layer is removed from all sides of your tooth creating a space to allow for the crown to fit properly. In some instances, a tooth may be fractured or have areas of decay which may have to be repaired first with filling material to better support the new crown.
Next, to make sure that the crown will fit precisely, the dentist makes a model (impression) of your tooth using a putty-like material and a plastic, temporary cap is inserted to protect the newly prepared tooth. The impression is then sent to a lab where a dental technician makes an exact replica of your tooth and from that a custom-fitted, permanent crown is made.
On your second visit the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed. If necessary, it may have to be adjusted to achieve a proper fit and bite. If all is satisfactory, your dentist will permanently cement the crown in place.
Can’t I just get another filling instead?
Crown are the most suitable treatment for a tooth that has already been weakened to the point where it is no longer strong enough to support a filling long term. Restoring a tooth with just a filling instead of a crown may cause the tooth to fracture beyond repair and unfortunately, the tooth has to be removed.
Yippee! Now that I have a crown I can’t get any more cavities!
Wrong! It is important to remember that your real tooth is still underneath this crown. Dental crowns do not prevent cavities from occurring. Plaque can still collect at the edge of the crown where it meets your tooth. Without proper oral hygiene and good dietary habits, the bacteria in the plaque can still cause decay. Your new dental crown will need to be examined at your regular dental checkups to make sure it is still fitting properly, that it is being kept cleaned and to ensure that the surrounding gum tissue is healthy.
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How long will my crown last?
The longevity of your crown depends largely on how well you take care of your teeth , on the amount of wear and tear your teeth are subjected to, your dietary habits, and the health of the supporting tooth and gum. Typically, a crown should last 5-15 years. A well-cared for crown can last many years to prolong the life of your tooth!
It may not be the kind of crown you were hoping for, but at Your Smile Dental Care we will still give you the royal treatment and provide your tooth with the attention it deserves by encircling it, covering all it’s flaws and restoring it to it’s full glory! And if you have a UFC fighter in you – Yes, we do gold too!
Does Your Smile need some TLC? Call us today and we’ll help you “Pick your Bling!”
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