Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over the visible part of the affected tooth. At Greater Dental Health, these restorations are ideal for covering up teeth that are cracked, chipped, broken, discolored, or misshapen. They can also protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore a tooth that has suffered extensive decay. For patients treated with root canal therapy, crowns are often used to cover the treated tooth to protect it and reduce the likelihood of tooth fracturing. They are also ideal for helping keep bridgework and dental implants in place.
The Dental Crown Procedure
First, the tooth must be shaped so the crown can fit over it. This is done by removing a portion of the tooth's enamel on all sides and in between. Then the dentist will take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory where your custom crown is fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while you wait for your final prosthetic to be manufactured. When the final crown is ready, you will return to our office to have it bonded in place. Your dental crown will be color-matched to the rest of your teeth, so you won’t be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth. Once placed on your tooth, it will restore strength and shape while providing you with a beautiful new smile!
The Benefits of a Dental Crowns
The crown fits over the tooth like a cap, which means it covers the tooth entirely and wraps around the sides to provide complete coverage. Once in place, the crown restores the appearance of the affected tooth and protects it against further damage. It also strengthens the tooth's structure and supports the remaining healthy structure so tooth decay or other problems do not develop. This makes it an ideal solution for teeth that are worn, cracked or fractured, weak, chipped, or discolored.
A dental crown can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Be sure to brush and floss daily, maintain a regular schedule of cleanings and checkups with your dentist, and avoid chewing on hard items like ice or your fingernails. Most importantly, wear a mouthguard if you play any contact sports or engage in any activity that could result in a blow to the face or the jaw. This will prevent your crown from breaking or becoming dislodged.
In addition to restoring a tooth’s function and appearance, a crown can be used to improve a tooth’s alignment, shape or color. For more information about dental crowns visit Greater Dental Health at 5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 310 Floor 2, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 or call (470) 508-0044.