Crowns are a dental restoration option that we offer to cover, strengthen, and improve the appearance and alignment of a damaged tooth. It is a fixed prosthetic cap that is cemented onto the tooth, after a portion of the tooth is removed to ensure a proper fit, that can be made out of numerous materials. They can be made from resin, ceramic, metal, porcelain, or some combination of those. All-porcelain crowns are one of the many choices of dental crowns that we provide.
What to Expect
Installing a crown takes a series of visits to our office. The first visit will involve an examination of the tooth and subsequent preparation of the area for a crown. We may take x-rays to check on the surrounding bone and the roots of the tooth meant to receive the crown and, if the tooth is severely decayed or there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, it is possible we may need to conduct a root canal first.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible – which can range anywhere from 5 to 15 years. A crowned tooth does not require special care, but the presence of a crown does not mean it is protected from issues like decay or gum disease. You should still diligently practice excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash. Be mindful of the faults of particular crowns, such as porcelain’s propensity to chip, and correct certain habits that may cause the crown damage.