North Fulton Dental, Alpharetta GA, Drs. Prattas and Panich


Dental Crowns

 
 
Dental Crown
 

Dental Crowns

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are the restoration of choice.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, cover implants, replace large fillings that are in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Procedures

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is created and sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In almost all cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice, or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.


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