A crown is a restoration placed on a tooth to “cap” or cover a tooth to make its size and shape appear normal and more pleasing to the eye. Crowns are usually placed on teeth that are damaged and broken down and can’t be replaced with a filling. Often if a tooth is cracked, a crown is placed on top of it to seal the pieces together and keep it from getting worse.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, the tooth is reduced so the crown can fit over it. Impressions of your teeth and gums are made. From the impressions, the crown is made so that it fits well on top of the tooth and also fits well with the rest of your teeth.
Some offices will give you a temporary crown because they have to send the impressions to a lab to create the permanent crown. However, in our office, we have our own milling machine that enables us to make the crown right here right now! We offer same day treatment that can help keep you from having to make two separate appointments.
Crowns should last anywhere from five to eight years, but if you take good care of it, it will last much longer than that. To take care of your crown and avoid damaging or fracturing it, abstain from chewing hard foods and ice. Also avoid grinding your teeth. Be sure to brush twice a day and attend your regular dental visits for your professional cleaning and exam every six months. In addition, remember that with a crown, flossing between your teeth is vital. Use dental floss or other interdental cleaner (a specially shaped brush or stick) at least once a day to remove plaque and decay from between your teeth.
Do you have more questions about crowns? Don’t hesitate to call for more information or to set up an appointment! We can be reached at (208)722-6400.