A crown is typically used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay, or have very large fillings. In some circumstances, crowns can be used in cosmetic cases to improve the appearance of teeth.
If you have had root canal treatment you will likely need a crown to protect the tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down in comfort. Crowns can also be used to anchor a bridge or denture more firmly in place in the mouth.
What Is A Crown?
A crown in dentistry involves placing a tooth shaped cap over an existing tooth. Such a crown usually covers the entire tooth and is the usual practice when a tooth is damaged to such an extent that other methods may not be suitable as a form of dental restoration work.
Why Did My Dentist Suggest A Crown?
If your dentist has suggested you have a crown fitted, there are a number of reasons why. A crown can be used to cover a severely damaged tooth. This is generally the best solution when a tooth has become quite decayed to the point where, once cleared by your dentist, there isn’t much of your tooth left. It is also a great way to cover up a tooth that is discoloured, chipped or broken. Dentists also may use a crown to hold a bridge in its place. You may have had a dental implant fitted which would also make you a good candidate for a crown.
How Many Visits To The Dentist Are Needed To Be Fitted With A Crown?
Most crowns can be fitted in two visits to The Dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth. This involves drilling and filing down a good portion of your tooth, or what’s left of it. Once your tooth has been filed down enough to receive a crown, your dentist will take an impression of the stub of your tooth to better be able to make a custom crown. To keep the remaining part of the tooth in good shape, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown.
Your second visit is when you will be fitted with your permanent crown. The temporary crown is removed and the tooth is checked to ensure it has been adequately sanitized. The dentist will then place a bit of dental bonding material to your tooth before cementing your new crown in place.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
There are a number of factors that will determine how long your crown will last. Proper dental hygiene practices are a must, but you should also avoid grinding your teeth or trying to bite very hard food. The type of material the crown is made of is also important and at The Dentist, we use the latest materials that have been formulated to last. On average, your crown will last for a minimum of seven to ten years. If you do maintain a good level of dental care, you can extend the life of your crown to fifteen years or more.
How Do I Look After My Crown?
A tooth with a crown doesn’t really need any more care than you would give your existing teeth. Keeping up with a good routine of brushing and flossing is something you should be doing anyway, but even more so around the area of your new crown. Keep in mind that you still have a bit of your own tooth under that crown and this can be affected by decay if you’re not careful.