Dental crowns are caps that are permanently placed over a damaged tooth to improve aesthetics, as well as, restore normal function of the tooth. With today’s materials, generally ceramic or porcelain, crowns can be custom shaped and colored to nearly identically match a patient’s other teeth.
Dental crowns are used for several reasons. Among the most common are to top a dental implant or a bridge. In addition, Dr. Hunte may recommend a crowns for patients who have fractured, discolored, misshapen or chipped teeth. Another reason is to cover a tooth with an especially large cavity, rather than use a traditional filling. Crowns are also used to protect teeth in which a root canal has been performed.
When getting a crown, part of the enamel must be removed to ensure a proper fit. After this is completed, an impression is made of their damaged tooth. This impression is then sent to a dental lab where the custom crown is fabricated. While waiting for a permanent crown to be made, Dr. Hunte will install a temporary crown for protection. When the permanent crown is ready, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place.
When well-cared for a crown can easily last up to 15 years, sometimes even longer. It is possible for crowns to become damaged or loose. To best prevent this, patients should practice healthy dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly and going for professional cleanings at least twice a year. In addition, patients should avoid chewing on ice, popcorn kernels and other hard foods. Doing so can crack crowns, as well as, your natural teeth. If you need a dental crown, call or schedule an appointment online at Pamela Hunte D.D.S.
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