Dental Crowns Overview
With all the cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures available today, there is no reason for anyone to live with damaged teeth or an unsatisfactory smile. Dental crowns are one option that can give back appearance and functionality to your mouth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are also sometimes referred to as “caps,” and that is an appropriate description. You could think of a crown as a sort of cap, or hat, that covers a damaged or unsightly tooth, protecting it from further damage. Usually, a crown is installed when a tooth is so broken down that a filling is not going to correct the problem. A cracked tooth, for example, might need a crown to hold it together, sealing the cracks so that it doesn’t sustain any more harm.
Dental crowns can also be used to save a tooth when there is not enough remaining to allow support for a deep filling. They can also prevent fracturing in weakened teeth, be installed to provide anchors for dental bridges, or to cover seriously discolored or badly shaped teeth. Crowns are both cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments.
Placing a Crown
To prepare your teeth to receive dental crowns, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and the underlying gum structure. Then, the impressions are sent to a lab where your crowns will be made. Temporary crowns are installed over the teeth so that in the meantime, the patient can continue to bite and chew properly. Once the crowns are made and delivered, the patient comes back so that the dentist can remove the temporary crowns, and cement the permanent dental crowns in place.
What Do Dental Crowns Look Like?
Dental crowns look exactly like the rest of your teeth in terms of color, length, shape and bite when they are installed as a restorative treatment. If you are having crowns installed for cosmetic purposes, they can be colored and shaped any way you like.
How Long Will Crowns Last?
At a minimum, crowns will last about 8 years. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental care, though, they can last much longer. Brush and floss as normal, and see your dentist for checkups twice a year.
Contact Our Dentist in Edmonton to Learn More
To learn more about dental crowns, or to arrange a consultation, contact us at Sana Dental in Edmonton. Our phone number is 780-476-3391, and you can also book an appointment by using the form on our Contact Us page.