Dental crowns are also sometimes called “caps,” because they’re designed to cap and cover your entire tooth structure. In the past, they were mostly made from metals like gold and steel. Today, though, porcelain crowns are typically preferred, since porcelain is very close to natural enamel in translucence and appearance.
Your crown is designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth. To get a crown, your existing tooth structure will be trimmed, then dental impressions and images will be taken of the tooth. After this, Dr. Packard will work with a dental lab to create a custom-made crown that will fit onto your remaining tooth structure, and this crown will be bonded into place to restore your tooth.
Crowns are usually used to restore teeth that have large cavities, or to protect teeth after root canal therapy. They can also be used to treat teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or broken by dental trauma. Crowns are also sometimes used for cosmetic purposes if an alternative treatment like a veneer or dental bonding is not suitable for restoring a particular tooth.
Dental crowns can last up to 20 years or longer with proper placement and care. After you get a dental crown, you can treat it just like a natural tooth. Brush and floss twice a day, and make sure to see a dentist like Dr. Bryan Packard every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. During your appointment, Dr. Packard will be able to check your crown and your oral health, and ensure that it’s still in great shape.
In addition, you may want to avoid eating extremely tough, chewy, and sticky foods on the side of your mouth where you have a dental crown. Caramel or gummy candies, for example, may eventually loosen the crown over time and cause it to fail prematurely. Even if this happens, though, reattaching a crown is a simple process.
No. The process of getting a dental crown is minimally-invasive, since only enamel from the outside of your tooth must be removed. In addition to this, your mouth will be completely numb during the process, ensuring you don’t feel any pain or discomfort.
You can also be sedated during your appointment at Precision Dental if Dr. Packard approves you for sedation dentistry at our office, so you can get the dental care you need, even if you’re anxious or nervous about getting a crown.