What is it?
Crown refers to the restoration of teeth using materials that are fabricated by indirect methods which are cemented into place. A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth.
What are the benefits?
Durability - dental crowns can last for up to 10 years if properly cared for
Aspect - the look of the tooth will be natural
Function - restoring dental function and protecting the tooth
Form - a destroyed tooth will get its initial shape after the placement of the crown
How is it done?
The tooth is prepared for the crown and then an impression of your tooth will be made. A temporary crown will be fabricated and placed with temporary cement. The impression is sent to the dental laboratory where the crown is made over the next two weeks, and you will return to have it adjusted and cemented.
How long will it last?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.